HC Deb 05 February 1942 vol 377 c1253
11. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Secretary of State for India whether he is aware that in a by-election for a seat made vacant by the appointment of Mr. Madhao Shrihari Aney to the Executive Council, the Congress candidate, Mr. Veer Wamanrao Jashi, won the seat by a substantial majority over both rival candidates; and whether, in view of this index of Indian criticism of the Government's policy respecting India, he will institute the necessary reforms forthwith?

Mr. Amery

I understand that in the by-election referred to the Congress candidate was elected. The other two candidates represented the Hindu Mahasabha and the Forward Bloc. I do not consider that His Majesty's Government's policy in respect of India is affected by this local expression of opinion.

Mr. Sorensen

Seeing that a non-Congress seat was captured by a Congress candidate, does not this indicate that Congress is receiving considerable and increasing support from the peoples of India?

Mr. Amery

No, Sir.

Captain McEwen

Is it not a fact that recently contested by-elections in this country show great support for the policy of this Government?