Former Indian Prime Minister, Mrs. Indira Gandhi, who's been campaigning through the country's northern states,?
LV AND SV Former Indian Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi waving to crowds from open vehicle en route to rally, Kanpur, India. (2 shots)
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Mrs. Gandhi has concentrated her campaign in the northern states, especially Uttar Pradesh, which was for several dec??? the base of her family's political power. Although it was in Uttar Pradesh that her Congress Party lost all the 85 state seat contested in the last elections, Mrs. Gandhi enjoyed a massive and noisy welcome in Kanpur, where she issued her 'arrest me??? challenge to the government. This welcome was also typical of the general reception that she's been receiving in the state.
Mrs. Gandhi's campaign ha??? focused on steep price rises in recent months-a sensitive issue among t??? millions of poor people throughout India. She's also used the campaign to attack Mr. Desai's government-while bluntly rejecting its criticisms her own former rule. She asks the crowds why, if these criticisms and allegations were true, she had not been arrested. In her hour-long speech here Mrs. Gandhi said that, while she heard she may be charged with murder as well as other alleged political and criminal offences, she was not bothered whether she was jailed or hanged.
Her purpose, she said, was to serve the people. She had said and done nothing during the first five months of the new government, but had been forced to make a comeback. Mrs. Gandhi declared that Mr. Desai's regime was only surviving because it had inherited from her an economic stability and warehouses overflowing with grain.
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Background: Former Indian Prime Minister, Mrs. Indira Gandhi, who's been campaigning through the country's northern states, has publicly challenged the new government of Prime Minister Moraji Desai to arrest her. Mrs. Gandhi, who lost power in March after eleven years as premier, has been actively criticising the new government at a series of public rallies after several months of political inactivity.