The opening session of the Indian Parliament on July 9 in New Delhi ended in chaos.
GV Parliament House in Delhi
SV PAN Mrs. Gandhi arriving and receiving flowers from Minister for Parliamentary Affairs
SV Chanting demonstrators on steps of Parliament House
SV PAN Other Members of Parliament arriving and entering building (4 shots)
GVs/SV Trade unionists, including those affiliated with Communist Party, such as All India Trade Union Congress, waving red flags and marching towards Parliament House (3 shots)
SV Row of policemen watching march
GV/SVs Mr. Inderjeet Gupta, MP, and leader of the Communist Party of India, addressing demonstrators from platform (4 shots)
GVs/SVs Workers from Opposition Lok Dal Party clambering aboard police buses, which drive off (4 shots)
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Background: The opening session of the Indian Parliament on July 9 in New Delhi ended in chaos. Opposition members walked out after the Speaker of the House turned down censure motions against the government for alleged misuse of state-controlled radio and television. Opposition party leaders have been claiming that the state television and radio are being used to promote former Home Minister Zail Singh's campaign for the presidency. A long-time supporter of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, Mr. Singh is favoured to win the presidential election because Mrs. Gandhi's Congress (I) Party has a majority in the electoral college which will elect the president. The discord inside the House was echoed outside by demonstrators. Trade unionists, including Communist Party and Lok Dal Party workers were met outside parliament by a contingent of police. Many demonstrators were driven away in police vehicle.