India's Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is on the campaign trail again preparing for election's in nine of India's twenty two states on Wednesday and Saturday (28 May and 31 May).
SV: Mrs Gandhi getting out of helicopter and being greeted by officials at Kathauli
SV PAN: Mrs Gandhi receiving garlands from officials
CU: Mrs Gandhi speaking in hindi from a platform to the crowd (2 shots)
GV: Mrs Gandhi speaking from a platform at Muzzafarnagar
CU: Mrs Gandhi speaking
GV: Crowd listening
SV: Mrs Gandhi leaving
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Background: India's Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is on the campaign trail again preparing for election's in nine of India's twenty two states on Wednesday and Saturday (28 May and 31 May). The polls are the first major test of popularity since she was voted back into office last January.
SYNOPSIS: On Sunday (25 May) her campaign took her to Kathauli in Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state and a stronghold of the former Prime Minister Mr Charan Singh. Mrs Gandhi is facing a divided opposition whose attempts to make an electoral pact for the coming state elections have failed. The former ruling Janata Party has split into four groups during the past year.
Mrs Gandhi has been calling on the electorate to return her Congress Party so that relations between the central and state Governments can become less strained and the country move forward in a unified manner. The new assemblies will be elected in the states where opposition-run Governments were sacked by Mrs Gandhi three months ago on the grounds that they no longer represented popular will.
At Muzzafarnagar, in summer temperatures of up to 115 degrees Fahrenheit, Mrs. Gandhi said that India's law and order problems and economic ills were the result of three years of misrule by the Janata Party.
Opposition leaders say it is Mrs Gandhi who has failed. She has been accused of blackmailing the electorate. But Mrs Gandhi has said her own hands would be tried in New Delhi if her supporters were not elected.