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WEST GERMANY-Speeding to 1984

including, its state secretary Homi Daji who contested from Indore, lost their security deposits. The one and only issue during the elections was the Emergency, and its excesses, especially the compulsory sterilisation programme. According to official figures the target of sterilisation operations (267,000) was exceeded by almost three times in only one- third of the period set for it. It is difficult to believe that this would have been achieved only through persuasion and without considerable pressure. An equally sensitive issue was the indiscriminate use of MISA. Madhya Pradesh, generally regarded as a peaceful backward state, had the dubious distinction of having the largest number of political arrests made during the Emergency. At one stage, about 17,000 persons were in jails which could accommodate only about 7,000. The way the administration dragged its feet on the question of release of detenus

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