In the seventies, a candid Congress MP Chandrashekhar told Prime Minister Indira Gandhi that "You don't fight a saint. Because no one wins by fighting a saint. JP is a saint." But Indira Gandhi did not listen to that. He had to bear the consequences for that. Bihar was the biggest contributor to the biggest political event that took place in this country during 1971-77. The movement started in Bihar under the leadership of Jayaprakash Narayan. It was the biggest non-violent mass movement after independence. Later the movement spread across the country. The then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi imposed emergency in 1975 to save her power. In the 1977 Lok Sabha elections, the Congress was wiped out for the first time from power at the Center. How did it start? Like some other states, in Bihar too, the Congress could not get a single seat in the Lok Sabha in 1977. JP demanded the dissolution of the Bihar Legislative Assembly and re-election to Indira Gandhi. Had that demand been met, perhaps the JP movement would have stopped midway. But Indira Gandhi's assessment of the strength of the movement was wrong. He did not ask for that modest demand of JP. As a result, the Congress was out of power at the Centre. In later years Indira Gandhi came back to power. Because Indira Gandhi was a skilled politician. Today, when the Congress is losing its power in the states one by one, the leadership of the Congress needs to show some more skill. But the efficiency of Indira Gandhi is not visible in today's Congress leadership. Therefore, political observers are telling that now the possibility of revival of Congress is not visible in the near future. It would be interesting to know the story of Congress losing power at the Center for the first time. Indira Gandhi had made politics shine by giving the slogan of poverty hatao The Lok Sabha elections were held ahead of time in 1971. In 1971, Indira Congress won a big victory in the Lok Sabha elections by giving the slogan of 'Garibi Hatao'. In that election the Inca also got huge support from Bihar. India contributed in the formation of Bangladesh. In the backdrop of this war, the election of Bihar Legislative Assembly was held in 1972. Congress got a good victory in this election also. But when there was no sign of poverty alleviation and public problems started increasing, the students and youth of Bihar became agitated. They unitedly started a movement against inflation, corruption, unemployment and mal-education on March 18, 1974. But the movement was followed by police repression and violence and counter-violence. On that Jayaprakash Narayan said that "revolution is not caused by violence and arson." Jayaprakash Narayan retired from active politics only after the 1952 elections. He lived in Patna. Some prominent agitating student-youth leaders met JP. They urged JP to lead the movement. JP started the movement JP made a condition that there would be no violence in the movement. It was accepted. The movement started under the leadership of JP. During that period, JP himself was also watching the deteriorating condition of the country and the state. Expressing his concern over it, JP also used to write articles. In the end, he could not keep silent either. A saint came on the streets, he got the support of the public. However, in the initial days, the target of JP's movement was not the power of the Center. But due to her insistence, Indira Gandhi spoiled her relationship with JP. The demand of JP and the agitators was that the Bihar Legislative Assembly should be dissolved and re-elected. In 1977, the power of the Congress from the Center ended, as well as when the elections to the Legislative Assemblies were held in the same year, the Congress had to lose the power of the states. This was the period which gave many political workers and leaders to Bihar and the country. He has matured and is handling the politics of favor and opposition in Bihar today. They came out of schools of different political ideologies. It is another matter that some of them turned out to be good and some others quite controversial! What happened before starting the movement? There were two major events in the life of Jai Prakash Narayan just before he jumped into the movement. JP's wife Prabhavati Devi passed away. Could not even recover from this calamity that famous freedom fighter Suraj Narayan Singh was brutally murdered in Ranchi in April 1973. Suraj Babu was on fast in connection with the labor movement. They were beaten to death with sticks on the spot of the fast. It was alleged that there was complicity of the government in this murder. The then socialist MLA Suraj Babu worked shoulder to shoulder with JP in the freedom struggle. JP had a special attachment to Suraj Babu. Though mourning the death of his wife, this heinous incident shook JP's heart and mind. During her lifetime, Prabhavati Devi took great care of JP's health. She did not want JP to be more active. Due to the murder of Suraj Babu, there was anger against the regime in JP's mind. On the other hand, Prabhavati ji was also not present to stop them from jumping into any movement. As a result JP jumped into the movement. Eventually he overturned the power of the Centre. By the way, the emergency which increased among the public against the Indira government, was also a major contributor to it.