Kashmir celebrated the election of Dr Farook Abdullah and his National Conference Party with a ceremonial river barge procession reminiscent of the era of Maharajahs and Nabobs of bygone days.
GV Boat teams forming up for river procession (3 shots)
GV Dr Farook Abdullah, the new "Lion of Kashmir", answering cheers of crowd (3 shots)
GV River procession in progress (3 shots)
TRAVELLING SHOT Boats passing houses on river bank
GV/TRAVELLING SHOT Procession in progress (5 shots)
LV ZOOM TO GV Dr Abdullah waving at crowd from barge
GV Boats on river
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Background: Kashmir celebrated the election of Dr Farook Abdullah and his National Conference Party with a ceremonial river barge procession reminiscent of the era of Maharajahs and Nabobs of bygone days. Dr. Abdullah's party won 45 of the 76 seats in the Legislative Assembly, amid allegations of widespread ballot rigging and election violence. But on the River Jhelum on June 12, the residents of Srinagar and neighbouring districts gave a rousing welcome to Dr Abdullah who had early been sworn in as Chief Minister for a full six year term. The people were referring to Dr Abdullah as the new "lion of Kashmir" with slogans and banners. The Congress Party led by the Indian Prime Ministers, Mrs Indira Gandhi, mounted a major campaign in the state to win power. The National Conference Party stands for the semi-independent status of the state of Kashmir and Jammu within India. Dr Abdullah, after the election, accused the Congress Party of running a vicious election campaign. However there have been reports that during the election a number of polling booths were totally in the hands of toughs from the National Conference Party, with no opposition observers to be seen. Still, the welcome from the people of Srinagar appeared to be spontaneous, and expression which augurs well for Dr Abdullah's government.