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Political Situation

Volume 413: debated on Thursday 23 August 1945

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asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether he has considered the proposal recently made by Mr. Rajagopalachari, former Premier of Madras, for effecting an end to the deadlock in India; and whether he has any statement to make.

Yes, Sir. But I regret that I have no statement to make at present.

Is the Minister aware of the very serious economic situation in India, causing many thousands to die, and the urgency of dealing with this position in India as soon as possible?

I think my hon. Friend will find, if he looks into it, that his supplementary question has no reference to the proposal to which he refers in his Question.

Is it not a fact that this is only one of the scores of proposals put forward by people who have no claim to speak for the whole of India, and that each one is repudiated either by Congress ox by the Moslem League?

A good many proposals have been put forward, and I thank it will be the desire of His Majesty's Government to consider any proposals put forward by responsible people.