In New Delhi, Mrs Maneka Gandhi , daughter-in-law of Prime Minister Mrs Indira Gandhi, announced on March 26 that she was setting up a new political party in honour of her late husband, Sanjay.
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TRANSCRIPT: QUESTION: (SEQ 3) "Because of the controversy associated with Sanjay Gandhi's name in the past ...I know from which you have disassociated yourself in the past few months, don't you think this background will inhibit your party in working among the youth because your democratic credentials may be questioned?"
MANEKA GANDHI: "Well, i don't think anybody has questioned them so far, and I don't think it will be an inhibiting factor because if I did it a great deal (indistinct) his sort of name stands for (indistinct) be at all connected with his name is that of progress, of decision, and that the programmes that went wrong, are I think, remembered (indistinct). No, I think the object of the emergency was logically right. The programmes that went in, I think that the implementation, at that time. I think so many things went wrong because there was a lack of feedback. One thing that went wrong was the press was not allowed to give the feedback. so as far as I am concerned we are not, in fact one our main things is the (indistinct) in the manifesto where we would like the I.R. Doordarshan and films division to be made into totally autonomous bodies in a style of the BBC with professionals, and members of the Opposition, and the governing bodies so that we can have an impartial feedback."
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Background: In New Delhi, Mrs Maneka Gandhi , daughter-in-law of Prime Minister Mrs Indira Gandhi, announced on March 26 that she was setting up a new political party in honour of her late husband, Sanjay. The new party was to be called the National Sanjay Organisation (NSO) and Maneka Gandhi said its first national convention was to be held on April 3, when the names of the office-bearers would be detailed. She claimed the NSO already had a membership of nearly 800,000, and added that party branches had been formed in most parts of the country. The north-east alone, she said, had 80,000 members. Mrs Gandhi asserted that the NSO was aimed at the country's youth. She predicted a general election within nine months and promised she would contest the poll from the northern constituency of Amethi, now held by the prime minister's elder son, Rajiv. The seat was formerly held by Maneka Gandhi's husband, the late Sanjay, who was killed in an air crash in 1980. Sanjay was one of the most powerful men in Mrs Indira Gandhi's emergency government, from 1975 to 1977, and became known for drawing up mass sterilisation programmes and for ordering the wholesale destruction of many of Delhi's slums. Maneka Gandhi said that one reason why the emergency regulations did not succeed was because of a lack of true response from the media. It was , she said, part of the manifesto of her new party that the broadcasting organisations would be made what she described as "more impartial".