Opposition leaders in India are worried about the implications of the scandal involving the Prime Minister, Mrs.
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SV Mr. Dhillon reading ZOOM TO GV Opposition leader Mishra handing memorandum to Dhillon]
SV Second meeting of main political parties: Opposition leader Desai climbing to rostrum
SV Prakash Singh Bada speaking Bahi Mahavir
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GV Delegates watch, as Desai garlands portrait of Mahatma Gandhi (2 shots)
OPPOSITION LEADERS MEETING SPEAKER AND HANDING HIM MEMORANDUM: MEETING OF MAIN POLITICAL PARTIES: LEADERS ON ROSTRUM: DELEGATES WATCH AS DESAI GARLANDS MAHATMA GANDHI PORTRAIT: MEETING.
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Background: Opposition leaders in India are worried about the implications of the scandal involving the Prime Minister, Mrs. Indira Gandhi, who was found guilty of election malpractice.
They met the Speaker of the Indian Parliament, Mr. G.S. Dhillon, on Saturday (21 June) to complain that they had not yet received the notices informing them of the Monsoon parliamentary session, due to begin in mid-July.
These notices are usually sent out in mid-June, and the Opposition is concerned that Mrs. Gandhi's troubles might have persuaded her to forego the session.
Later in the day representatives of the four main parties which formed the Janata Morcha (People's Front) and successfully unseated the Congress Party Government in Gujerat, met in Delhi.
Their aim was to evolve a common strategy in the wake of the "Allahabad Judgement" -- the court decision which ruled Mrs. Gandhi guilty of the election offences. There have been suggestions that the four parties should merge.
Mrs. Gandhi has accused the opposition parties of setting out to create "disruption, disunity and instability", and she has warned of the dangers of political upheavals.
She said the way the opposition parties had attacked her would not be tolerated in any other counter.
Mrs. Gandhi is appealing against her conviction on two counts of corrupt electoral practice.