In India, the growing violence in the north-eastern states of Assam and Tripura dominated the opening session of the new Parliament in New Delhi on Monday (9 June).
GV Parliament House building in New Delhi
SV PAN Indian Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi arriving at Parliament House with other officials
SV Member of Rajya Sabha, former actress Mrs. Nargis Dutt, arriving at Parliament House
SV PAN State Minister Mrs. Ram Sinha arrives
SV Armed police sitting under trees
GV Assam opposition leaders seated under a tent
CU Janata Party banner demanding solution to foreign nationals issue in Assam
SV Opposition member painting posters inside tent
SV Assam opposition members seated in tent displaying banner which reads "Deport foreigners from Assam, save India".
SV Another opposition poster on wall
SV Assam Janata leaders shouting slogans
SV Another poster on wall
SV Former Chief Minister of Assam Mr. Golab Borbora speaking in English
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 13: BORBORA: "Our demand is the deportation of the foreigners from Assam. The foreign nationals issue is agitating the minds of the people of Assam and also the entire north-eastern region for the last so many months. The great government of India has not yet taken any clear stand about this problem. Our demand is that this problem should be solved through negotiations with the people who are agitating in Assam. We oppose all sorts of repressive measures let loose in Assam. Repressive measures should be withdrawn and immediate negotiations should take place between the government of India and the leaders of the agitation so that an immediate settlement of the problem is arrived at."
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Background: In India, the growing violence in the north-eastern states of Assam and Tripura dominated the opening session of the new Parliament in New Delhi on Monday (9 June). The session marked the return of Mrs. Gandhi as leader of the government. More than 300 people have been killed in the north-eastern states in clashes between student-led protesters and immigrant, mostly from Bangladesh. The protesters are demanding the deportation of more than three million immigrants from Tripura and Assam.
SYNOPSIS: The new government raised the problem as soon as the session began, with Mrs. Gandhi asking for the crisis rule in force in Assam to be extended for another six months. Before the opening session Mrs. Gandhi announced the final names in her government, with three new ministers joining the cabinet.
The only other woman in the government is Mrs. Ram Dulari Sinha. She takes over the sensitive portfolio of Information and Broadcasting. The imposition of strict censorship brought criticism during Mrs. Gandhi's period of emergency rule.
While the Parliament sat, Opposition leaders representing the Assam electorate mounted a peaceful sit-in near by. With them were representatives of the students unions who have taken an active part in the protests in the north eastern states. Although there has been a brief lull in the violence in Assam, a new wave of street demonstrations has been called for. The New Delhi sit-in was led by Assam's former Chief Minister, Golap Chandra Borbora of the Janata Party. He explained the aim of the protest.