Thousands of people gathered in the streets of Calcutta to take part in a mass procession on the eve of the annual conference of India's ruling Congress Party on Monday (25 December).
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Background: Thousands of people gathered in the streets of Calcutta to take part in a mass procession on the eve of the annual conference of India's ruling Congress Party on Monday (25 December).
The conference is being attended by more than 30,000 delegates from all parts of india.
At the head of the giant procession was the President of the Congress Party, Dr. Shanker Dayal Sharma.
The parade began on the arrival of the party leader at the railway station, and proceeded through the streets of the West Bengal capital to the nearby township of Salt Lake.
The Congress Party was returned to power in West Bengal last March, for the first time in five years.
The Congress chose Calcutta as the site for the conference to help consolidate its position in the State. Indian Prime Minister Mrs. Gandhi also ordered that austerity be observed in view of the country's current economic difficulties.
Subjects to be discussed by Congress delegates include control of the country's key industries and services, mineral resources, and public transport.
SYNOPSIS: The streets of Calcutta....crowed during a procession last Monday on the eve of the Indian Congress Party's annual conference.
Leading the parade was the President of the Congress Party, Doctor Shankar Dayal Sharma. The procession set out from the Calcutta railway station and wound through the streets of the city to the nearby township of Salt Lake.
Among the marchers were thirty-thousand Congress Party delegates from all parts of India. The party was returned to power in West Bengal last March for the first time in five years, and the decision to hold the conference in Calcutta was made to help consolidate the party's position there. Prime Minister Mrs. Gandhi has restricted spending on the conference because of the country's economic difficulties.