Angry leaders of India's opposition Janata party are planning further mass demonstrations to protest President Sanjiva Reddy's calling of a general election for November or December.
SV Charan Singh, Caretaker Prime Minister and party arriving at Parliament building
SV Demonstrators shouting outside Parliament
GV Police running across square towards demonstrators (2 shots)
GV Demonstrators in front of Parliament building
GV Demonstrators breaking through police barrier (2 shots)
SV Jagjiwan Ram trying to pacify crowd
GV Party President Chandrasekhar addressing members of parliament (3 shots)
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Background: Angry leaders of India's opposition Janata party are planning further mass demonstrations to protest President Sanjiva Reddy's calling of a general election for November or December. The election call has thrown India into yet another period of political instability -- the previous government lasting only twenty-four days in power.
SYNOPSIS: The government that fell from power was led by this man Charan Singh. President Reddy has now appointed him caretaker Prime Minister until fresh elections are held some time later this year.
The President's decision immediately embroiled him in a fierce controversy, and demands have been made for his impeachment. Janata President Chandra Shekhar called the president a "Lilliputian Fuehrer" and ordered protest demonstrations to be held in Delhi on Thursday (23 August) and throughout India On Friday (24 August). Janata party officials are also speaking of a "pre-planned conspiracy" to deprive Mr. Ram from becoming Prime Minister.
Mr. Ram is the leader of India's one hundred million 'untouchables', or, Hindu's from the lowest caste and he had hoped that the fall of Charan Singh would allow him to become India's first Prime Minister from that former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi has the best chance of leading the country. He Congress party appears to stand the best chance of winning the election, and forming the nest government.