Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi officially declared his acceptance of his election victory to a huge crowd of supporters in New Delhi on December 29.
DECEMBER 29 (SURINDER KAPOOR)
SV Prime Minister Gandhi arriving as supporters wave. (2 SHOTS)
SCU PULL BACK TO SV Gandhi waving from platform.
GVs & SV Crowd listening and applauding as Gandhi speaks. (3 SHOTS)
SV Gandhi leaving, surrounded by supporters.
DECEMBER 31 (JAGDISH KAPOOR)
GV Parliament building.
SVs MPs arriving, taking their seats. (3 SHOTS)
SVs Gandhi arriving, MPs applauding. (2 SHOTS)
SV Gandhi receiving massive garland.
GV MPs raising their hands in approval.
SV Gandhi speaking as MPs applaud. (English SOT)
GV Gandhi leaving, supporters greet him. (3 SHOTS)
GV PAN Gandhi entering hall with President Zail Singh to be sworn in.
GV Cabinet ministers seated.
GV Gandhi repeating oath of allegiance after President. (English SOT)
GV MPs applauding.
GV Ministers being sworn in.
TRANSCRIPT: GANDHI: (SEQ 10) "This victory is not a victory for any one of us. It is a victory for the principles, the ideology, the programme of the Congress. It vindicates everything that has been said in the past. We will take India ahead. We will see that we give an efficient, clean government. The efficiency must be such that it percolates right down to the grassroots level. And I will need all your help to carry this massive mandate and deliver what the people of India are expecting us to deliver."
GANDHI: (SEQ 14) "I, Rajiv Gandhi, do solemnly affirm that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of India."
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Background: Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi officially declared his acceptance of his election victory to a huge crowd of supporters in New Delhi on December 29. Speaking outside his official residence, Gandhi told cheering listeners that his win imposed a heavy responsibility. Gandhi, who called the election after his mother's assassination in October, was making his first public appearance since the Congress (I) Party had won a sweeping two-thirds majority. Two days later, he and his new Cabinet were sworn in by Indian President Zail Singh. His speech to the new Parliament emphasized the need for an efficient and "clean" government. He declared the electorate had given his party a "massive mandate", and he called on each MP to help carry the burden. The first sign of Gandhi's clean government came with the Cabinet he named - he took personal control of fourteen ministries, including external affairs. This was seen as a holding operation until the government found its feet. Several outgoing ministers were not reappointed, including the highly experienced Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, the railway minister and the law minister. The new finance minister is Vishwanath Pratap Singh, formerly head of the Congress (I) Party in Uttar Pradesh. Businessmen were said to be surprised at the sacking of Mukherjee, who had guided India to record food grains production, but pleased with his successor.