Faced with India's worst economic crisis for years, Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Ganghi's Congress Party?
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Background: Faced with India's worst economic crisis for years, Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Ganghi's Congress Party is currently undergoing one of its most crucial political tests. Polling started yesterday (Sunday, February 24th) to elect members of the state assembly in Uttar Pradesh, Mrs. Gandhi's home state and power base for the Congress Party.
There was a reasonable turnout of voters on Sunday, and no incidents were reported to disturb the peace. But the campaigning has been bitter. The Congress Party has come under attack for its handling of the economy. Food prices have risen by 25 per cent in the past year and there are shortages of food and other essential goods.
??? half of the hundred-million people in Uttar Pradesh are eligible to ???. Sunday's poll was to elect members to 230 seats in the state ???. ??? for the remaining 195 seats will be elected during voting on Tuesday. In the old assembly, the Congress Party held a comfortab majority of 271 seats. But in the present crisis atmosphere, experts believe this week's selection might provide a major upset.