India's Prime Minister, Mrs Indira Gandhi, has been making a series of campaign appearances in the run-up to state elections which take place on May 27th and 30th.
GV: Mrs Gandhi's helicopter flying over crowd PAN TO crowd in Tirrupattur
CU AND SV: Mrs Gandhi walks up to platform (2 shots)
SV: Mrs Gandhi speaking in Hindi
GV: Crowd listening
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Background: India's Prime Minister, Mrs Indira Gandhi, has been making a series of campaign appearances in the run-up to state elections which take place on May 27th and 30th. On Monday (12 May) she delivered speeches in nine different towns, in the southern state of Tamil Nadu flying from one to another by helicopter.
SYNOPSIS: Mrs Gandhi arrived at the town of Tirupattur in sweltering temperatures which reached more than a hundred degrees Fahrenheit (37.8 Centigrade). She'd come to support the political alliance between her Indira Congress party and the DMK party which is seeking power in Tamil Nadu. The DMK, which rules the state at present, says it has joined with Mrs Gandhi's party to provide a 'strong and stable government' At the meeting in Tirupattur, Mrs Gandhi dealt with the controversial language issue in southern India.
She assured her audience that Hindi--India's most widely spoken language -- would not be imposed in the state. She said the local language, Tamil Nadu, would be respected by her government.