Pandemonium broke out in india's Parliament on Monday (18 December) as legislators debated whether or not former Prime Minister, Mrs.
GV Janata party members in Delhi, and crowd listening to address. (3 SHOTS)
CU & ZOOM OUT TO SV Mr. Daldev Singh, Delhi's rural Janata leader, speaking PAN TO crowd.
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SV Former Indian Prime Minister, Mrs. Indira Gandhi greeting friends in her home in New Delhi.
CU Mrs. Gandhi talking to supporters. (2 SHOTS)
On Monday, the four hour debate on Mrs. Gandhi bogged down in procedural wrangles. Mr. Desai and Opposition Leader, C.M. Stephen, agreed to extend the debate for another two hours on Tuesday (19 December) before a vote is taken. Mrs. Gandhi sat unperturbed during the noisy and, at times, chaotic debate. Mr. Desai's own party was shaken on Sunday night (17 december) when former Home Minister, Charan Singh, sacked by Mr. Desai in June, called for the dissolution of the Janata Party and its replacement by a coalition government. His backing will be ital if the privilege motion against Mrs. Gandhi is to succeed.
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Background: Pandemonium broke out in india's Parliament on Monday (18 December) as legislators debated whether or not former Prime Minister, Mrs. Indira Gandhi, should be punished for breach of parliamentary privilege. In the streets, police used tear gas to disperse supporters of Mrs. Gandhi, who gathered near the home of Prime Minister, Morarji Desai, in Delhi. More than 500 members of Mrs. Gandhi's wing of the Congress Party were arrested.
SYNOPSIS: The day before the parliamentary debate began, the Janata Party organised a meeting in a street in Old Delhi. Several thousand people attended the meeting to hear speakers demand tough action against Mrs. Gandhi for breach of parliamentary privilege.
One Janata party leader, Mr. Daldev Singh, expressed his party's point of view - that Mrs. Gandhi should be expelled from parliament and imprisoned. Mrs. Gandhi has been found guilty of harassing officials who were collecting information on a vehicle manufacturing project owned by her son, Sanjay. Mrs. Gandhi was returned to Parliament last month, after winning a by-election in Southern India.