India Prime Minister Mrs Indira Gandhi swept to a huge win in the state assembly elections on Monday (2 June) to confirm her popularity with India voters by winning her second electoral success in five months.
GV Election board outside Press Information Office in New Delhi.(2 SHOTS)
GV Mrs Gandhi's residence.
SV Mrs Gandhi carrying umbrella, receiving garlands and flowers from workers.
SV Mrs Gandhi posing for photographs with large group. (2 SHOTS)
SV Congress workers changing slogans.
SV TRACKING SHOT Mrs Gandhi collecting flowers from workers.
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Background: India Prime Minister Mrs Indira Gandhi swept to a huge win in the state assembly elections on Monday (2 June) to confirm her popularity with India voters by winning her second electoral success in five months. In January, her personal triumph was to be voted back into power after apparently being tin the political wilderness. Monday confirmed he position as undoubted political leader of India.
SYNOPSIS: As the state election results flashed onto screens in the Indian capital, Delhi, crowds of supporters and workers from Mrs Gandhi's Congress Party gathered outside her residence to cheer her victory and to president her with garlands. Majorities in eight of the nine states contested in the elections provided Mrs Gandhi with a spectacular personal boost in popularity.
Supporters acclaimed their leader and claimed the vote was an act of faith in her leadership and her policies. A spokesman for the Congress Party said the election results showed that the people of India totally rejected the forces of reaction and communism. Much of the credit for the victory is being handed to Mrs Gandhi's son, Sanjay. Many party officials are calling for him to be appointed President of Congress, thereby making him heir apparent to his mother.