NEW DELHI, INDIA
In New Delhi, Mrs Maneka Gandhi, rebel daughter-in-law of Prime Minister Mrs Indira Gandhi, formally launched a new political party on April 3.
NEW DELHI, INDIA
1. GV Mrs Maneka Gandhi walks through crowds of supporters 0.11
2. GV Crowds raise party flag (2 shots) 0.22
3. GV PAN Maneka steps onto podium and is presented with garlands of flowers 0.48
4. SV Picture of Sanjay Gandhi 0.51
5. GV Maneka and other officials stand while music is played 1.04
6. GV Crowds chant after delegate speaks 1.18
7. SV Maneka addresses crowds (SOT) 1.52
TRANSCRIPT (SEQUENCE SEVEN):
MANEKA GANDHI: "This is the first delegate convention of the national Sanjay Organisation. It was said of Mohandas Gandhi that whichever path he took, the nation followed. Sanjay Gandhi too showed us a path. Today his name is associated with progress, decisiveness and youth power. I am proud that the torch he lit is being carried forward by all of you."
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Background: NEW DELHI, INDIA
In New Delhi, Mrs Maneka Gandhi, rebel daughter-in-law of Prime Minister Mrs Indira Gandhi, formally launched a new political party on April 3. A crowd of 3,000 people attended a rally in the city during which the flag of the National Sanjay Organisation (NSO) was raised. Maneka said the party, formed in order to preserved the aims and ideas of her late husband, and son of the prime minister, Sanjay, would press for decentration, job-orientated education and more aid for farmers. Sanjay, who was killed in an air crash in 1980, was one of the most powerful men in India when he devised mass sterilisation programmes and ordered the demolition of Delhi slums while serving in the emergency government of his mother from 1975-77. Maneka announced last month her intention to set up the NSO, predicted a general election within nine months, and said that the party already had 800,000 members nationwide. Speaking at the first national convention, she said the government had become divorced from the ordinary people, and that the country was under siege from corruption and unemployment Her party was then in direct confrontation with the ruling Congress (I) Party, reported Reuters. She added that India took whatever path Mohandas Gandhi chose to take, and that the aims of her late husband were along the same lines.
Source: REUTERS - PREM PRAKASH