Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi drew large and enthusiastic crowds on December 1, as he began campaigning in the Indian national elections to win a fresh five-year term.
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Background: Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi drew large and enthusiastic crowds on December 1, as he began campaigning in the Indian national elections to win a fresh five-year term. He opened his campaign in the Hindu belt of Uttar Pradesh. Twenty thousand people turned out to hear him speaking Aligarh. He arrived there by an Indian Air Force helicopter and made a short speech reminding his listeners of the need to keep the nation together in the wake of the assassination of his mother. Mrs. Indira Gandhi on October 31. In another rally held in Bulandahr on the same day, Rajiv Gandhi charged opposition groups with encouraging Sikh extremists in northern Punjab state and said only his Congress (I) Party had stood against forces that wished to break up the country. Voters, who go to the polls on December 24, 27, and 28, will have to choose from more than 5,000 candidates to fill 513 seats in the Lok Sabha, or Lower House of Parliament. Rajiv Gandhi's ruling Congress (I) Party, riding a wave of sympathy over Indira Gandhi's murder, is expected to return to power.