Former Indian Prime Minster Mrs. Indira Gandhi is to fight her first parliamentary by-election since?
GV Main street in town of Chickmagalur, India
GV ZOOM IN TO SV Post Office sign
GV PAN Local people playing drums
GV Crowd awaiting former Indian Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi's arrival
GV & SV Mrs. Gandhi arriving among cheering crowd (3 shots)
CU Sign of building "Deputy Commissioner and District Magistrate"
SV INT Mrs. Gandhi sitting down
SV PAN FROM Onlookers TO Mrs. Gandhi signing forms (3 shots)
The Indian newspaper reports also say that Sanjay Gandhi and members of the "caucus" considered Chickmagalur a "safe" seat -- in contrast to a constituency in Uttar Pradesh, which they regard as being still "inhospitable ground".
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Background: Former Indian Prime Minster Mrs. Indira Gandhi is to fight her first parliamentary by-election since her disastrous defeat in general elections last year.
SYNOPSIS: The place she has chosen to attempt a return to the Lok Sabha -- the Indian lower house -- is the Chickmagalur constituency in the southern state of Karnataka. Although Mrs. Gandhi has said she is "reluctant" to contest the election, Indian newspaper reports say that the previous member for Chickmagalur -- D.B. Chandre Gowda -- vacated his seat following a directive from Mrs. Gandhi's son Sanjay and "caucus" members from her breakaway faction of the Congress Party.
But despite the controversy which surrounds her, the people of Chickmagalur were evidently pleased to welcome the former Prime Minister -- who faces several criminal charges resulting from her period of Emergency Rule. After less than eighteen months she has emerged as the main opposition leader to the ruling Janata party.
Mrs. Gandhi filed her nomination papers on Friday (6 October), but the Janata Party has yet to announce its candidate to oppose her. Mrs. Gandhi lost her traditional power base in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh in March 1977. Again according to Indian newspaper reports it is believed she would have liked to re-enter the Lok Sabha from a constituency in Uttar Pradesh -- and that she bowed to pressures from her colleagues in accepting the Chickmagalur nomination.