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Praja Socialist Party
Leader Jayprakash Narayan, Acharya Narendra Deva, Basawon Singh (Sinha), J.B. Kripalani
Dissolved 1972
Headquarters 18, Windsor Place, New Delhi[1]
Ideology Socialism
International affiliation Asian Socialist Conference

The Praja Socialist Party (PSP) was an Indian political party in existence from 1952 to 1972[citation needed]. It was founded when the Socialist Party, led by Jayprakash Narayan, Acharya Narendra Deva and Basawon Singh (Sinha), merged with the Kisan Mazdoor Praja Party led by J.B. Kripalani (formerly, the president of the Indian National Congress and a close associate of Jawaharlal Nehru). A section led by Rammanohar Lohia broke from the party in 1955[citation needed], resuming the name "Socialist Party"[citation needed]. Another section of the party, led by the trade union leader George Fernandes, broke off to become the Samyukta Socialist Party in 1969. In 1960, Kripalani left the party and in 1964, Asoka Mehta joined Congress after his expulsion from the party. In 1972, the PSP merged with Fernandes's party to become the Socialist Party once more, before becoming part of the Janata coalition following the Emergency in 1977[citation needed].

Formation

In September, 1952 the Kisan Mazdoor Praja Party merged with the Socialist Party with J.B. Kriplani as the chairman and Asoka Mehta as the general secretary.[2]

Performance in the elections

At the party's first general election in 1957, the PSP won 10.41% of the total votes and 19 seats in the Lok Sabha.[3] However, the party's vote share continued to decline over the next few elections. It won 6.81% of the total votes and 12 seats in the Lok Sabha in 1962,[4] 3.06% of the total votes and 13 seats in the Lok Sabha in 1967[5] and only 1.04% of the total votes and only 2 seats in the Lok Sabha in 1971.[2][6]

Notes

  1. Braunthal, Julius (ed). Yearbook of the International Socialist Labour Movement. Vol. II. London: Lincolns-Prager International Yearbook Pub. Co, 1960. p. 38
  2. 2.0 2.1 Chandra, Bipan & others (2000). India after Independence 1947-2000, Neu Delhi:Penguin Books, ISBN 0-14-027825-7, pp.201-2
  3. Statistical Report on General Elections, 1957 to the Second Lok Sabha, Volume I. Election Commission of India website. URL accessed on 10 March 2010.
  4. Statistical Report on General Elections, 1962 to the Third Lok Sabha, Volume I. Election Commission of India website. URL accessed on 10 March 2010.
  5. Statistical Report on General Elections, 1967 to the Fourth Lok Sabha, Volume I. Election Commission of India website. URL accessed on 10 March 2010.
  6. Statistical Report on General Elections, 1971 to the Fifth Lok Sabha, Volume I. Election Commission of India website. URL accessed on 10 March 2010.
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