The state of emergency which was imposed on India by Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, in June 1975, has been defended in the manifesto of the Congress Party which is being put before the people for next month's general elections.
SV Mrs. Gandhi and Congress President, Mr. Barooah holding Congress party election manifesto. (2 shots)
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TRANSCRIPT: SEQUENCE 3: GANDHI: "The Congress has not been a one person's party. It was only because of the tremendous attack of the opposition, that my colleagues - I'm grateful to them because they were called up to defend me, and this is how the focus came on me - otherwise, I am only here as a representative of the Congress. And I said the day when I became....(APPLAUSE).....and I said that.....the day when I became Prime Minister I regard myself only as the foremost servitor of the people and of my party....(APPLAUSE)... Stability does not mean one person state or one party state. But it does mean that the ship of the State should be on an even keel. It does mean that it should charter a course which is known and recognised in the country and by other countries. And it is only the Congress that can provide that kind of stability, and it is only with that kind of stability, when the nation knows where it is going, that any programme of consequence can be implemented.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Significantly, the manifesto made only scant reference to a five-point social reform programme which has been advanced by Mrs. Gandhi's son, 20 year-old Sanjay, who is the head of the Congress Party's Youth Section. His rise to political influence has become a vital election issue, although he holds no elective office.
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Background: The state of emergency which was imposed on India by Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, in June 1975, has been defended in the manifesto of the Congress Party which is being put before the people for next month's general elections.
SYNOPSIS: The manifesto was presented to Mrs. Gandhi at a special Congress Party meeting in New Delhi on Tuesday (8 February) by the Party President. Mrs. Gandhi released it with these words.