Congress leader Rahul Gandhi recently remarked that the upcoming electoral contest in Rajasthan was “very close” but he hoped his party would pull it off nevertheless. There have been a few close elections in the state, and one of them was in 1967.
The general elections that year were a turning point in our country’s democratic journey. Many political and constitutional machinations we see today took root during this time. In these elections, non-Congress governments came into power in multiple states such as Bihar, Odisha, Punjab, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal. The voting for Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha constituencies happened in February, and government formations occurred soon after.