Electioneering continued in the northern state of Kashmir recently for the poll on June 5.
SV Indira Gandhi, India's Prime Minister, arrives.
SV Mrs Gandhi speaking, backview and cutaways. (3 SHOTS)
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CU PULL BACK TO GV Crowd at election rally.
SCU Dr. Farook Abdullah addressing rally. (2 SHOTS)
SV People queuing to vote. (2 SHOTS)
SV PULL BACK Wife and sister of Farook Abdullah voting.
SV Woman voter being marked to show she has voted.
SV Wife of Farook Abdullah voting. (2 SHOTS)
SV Farook Abdullah voting.
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Background: Electioneering continued in the northern state of Kashmir recently for the poll on June 5. In Pulwamo, Prime Minister Mrs Indira Gandhi dressed as a Kashmiri woman in an effort to attract more votes and play down the North-South split in the state. She told voters that her family originally came from Kashmir. Mrs. Gandhi nationwide ruling party Congress (I) campaigned hard to overturn a large majority in the regional assembly for the National Conference party, led by Doctor Farook Abdullah following the death of his father, Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah - known as the "Lion of Kashmir" - last autumn. In the last elections in 1977, the Congress Party won only 11 seats in the 76-seat state assembly, while the Conference party took 47. Dr. Abdullah campaigned in Tral in an effort to hold on to his party's large majority. And in the state capital, Srinagar, his wife and sister had no doubt who they voted for on June 5. Early results indicated that there would be little change in the composition of the assembly after all the votes were counted, with the Conference holding on to its mainly Moslem strongholds and the Congress retaining their minority Hindu seats. Soon after the pools closed, both parties accuse each other of election-rigging. Agriculture Minister, Arif Mohammed Khan, who had been coordinating the Congress campaign in Kashmir, charged the Conference party with intimidating voters, and demanded a fresh poll in seven seats. The allegations were denied by the Conference party.