INTRODUCTION: Indian Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi, on a general election campaign across the nation,?
GV: crowd assembled for general election rally in front of mosque, Trivandrum, Kerala State, South India.
LV ZOOM IN: opposition flag in treetop.
SV: bicycle on pole, symbolising opposition candidate.
CU: party symbols
CU ZOOM OUT: portrait of Lenin on opposition poster.
CU PAN: Janata Party poster.
SV: portrait of Marx on opposition poster.
SVs: Indian Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi arrives at rally site in open car, passing sign reading "Welcome to Prime Minister". (2 shots)
SVs, CU AND GVs: Mrs. Gandhi addressing rally (in English) with supporters listening. (6 shots)
CU PAN: supporters
SV PAN: Mrs Gandhi waving from open car as she leaves.
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ 9: MRS. GANDHI:"....I think your only way of the situation that had arisen which compelled us to impose emergency. Emergency is not a permanent measure. It was a remedy for a particular disease. And that disease was that after the Bangladesh event, the war, followed by severe drought all over the country....all these had imposed a heavy burden on our society, and this was followed by an international financial crisis which was bound to affect our own economy, and then the oil crisis."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Indian Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi, on a general election campaign across the nation, has been busy in the all-important southern states in the last week before the poll. The five big ones alone have one third of the seats in the 542-member Lok Sabha -- the Lower House of parliament.
SYNOPSIS: Perhaps the most crucial of the southern states is Kerala, where Mrs. Gandhi's ruling Congress party got only 14 of the 59 seats in the last general election -- despite being swept back to power with a massive majority in other parts of the country. Now, with her popularity under increasing question, she's having to fight hard for every seat in the state against stiff opposition.
One of Mrs. Gandhi's constant themes in her campaign is explaining the heavily-criticised state of emergency she introduced last year, with its suppression of news and political activity.
Mrs. Gandhi's campaign has been peaceful, although she's faced some previously unknown restlessness among her audiences. And even where she does receive popular applause, it's obviously quieter than usual.