• Short Summary

    In the Indian election former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi has scored a stunning political comeback.

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    GV Crowds in the streets of Sasaram, Bihar
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    LV Polling booth with people voting
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    SV Muslim women casting votes in ballot boxes (2 shots)
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    GV People queueing at another polling station (4 shots)
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    SV Man placing vote into ballot box
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    GV PAN FROM Mosque TO Street scene in Bulandshar
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    SV People queueing at polling station (2 shots)
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    SV INTERIOR People collecting ballot papers (2 shots)
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    SV Voters placing votes in ballot box (2 shots)
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    SV (DELHI) INTERIOR Government officials emptying ballot box onto table
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    CU Witnesses look on as votes are tipped on to table
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    CU Ex-foreign Minister and Janata Party candidate, Shri Vajpayee; PAN TO his agent and Mrs. Mukul Banerjee, Congress Party candidate seated in counting enclosure
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    CU Ballot papers being sorted (3 shots)
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    GV PAN Votes being counted (2 shots)
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    SV Mr. Vajpayee look on as votes are counted
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    Votes being counted
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    Background: In the Indian election former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi has scored a stunning political comeback. The party that ousted her from power in 1977 has conceded defeat, while her Indira Congress Party has notched up en enormous ???ead. Out of the 142 seats declared so far, after the voting last Thursday (3 January) and Sunday (6 January) for the 544-seat Lower House of the Parliament her party has taken 108 seats.

    SYNOPSIS: The Janata Party, which defeated her in the 1977 elections, following her controversial period of emergency rule, conceded defeat with just over a quarter of the results in. They had won only nine seats. The ruling Lok Dal, or People's Party, of caretaker Prime Minister Charan Singh was even further behind with just three seats.

    Mrs. Gandhi had predicted the voting would go in her favour. She expected, she said, to win more than 350 seats - which would give her a Parliamentary majority of two thirds. And, as if to demonstrate her self assurance, the 62-year-old leader went to bed before twelve o'clock on the second and final election day--hours before the voting trend became clear.

    However, voting did not go smoothly at all polling stations. Despite units of the Indian Army being put on the alert at some sensitive constituencies in the northern state of Bihar, police had to fire into the air at one stage to separate violent mobs backing rival candidates. Frequent attempts by rioting mobs to capture polling booths were reported. And three people were killed and five others injured when bombs they were carrying exploded.

    But when it came to counting the votes, the Times of India said Mrs. Gandhi won on her personality. Even former Janata ministers have found their positions threatened by the slide to Mr. Gandhi. Ex-Foreign Minister and Janata Party candidate Shri Vajpayee was in an uncertain position against Mrs. Mukul Banerjee, the Indira Congress Party candidate.

    The election results have brought with them a favourable reaction on the stock market. Mrs. Gandhi's defeat less than three years ago was attributed partly to a programme of forced sterilisation, led by her son Sanjay and aimed at easing the problem of overpopulation in a country of 650 million people. During the current campaign she repeatedly apologized for excesses during the emergency rule period. Criminal cases involving alleged corruption and misuse of power are still pending against herself, Sanjay and several of her former cabinet colleagues.

    The actions were brought by Mr. Vajpayee's Janata Party and many are being heard in special courts set up to speed the proceedings. However, it now looks as if the counting will only speed Mrs. Gandhi into office once more.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4JE1CTRBWA6PUFMZYD2DJ2N8G
    Media URN:
    VLVA4JE1CTRBWA6PUFMZYD2DJ2N8G
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/01/1980
    Sound:
    Unknown
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    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:48:00
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