Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's Congress Party scored sweeping victories throughout india in week-long State elections which ended on Saturday (March 11).
Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's Congress Party scored sweeping victories throughout india in week-long State elections which ended on Saturday (March 11). Final results will not be known for some days, but by Monday the Prime Minister's party had absolute majorities in eleven of the 18 state and territories which went to the polls, and looked assured of at least one other victory.
The party based its campaign on Mrs Gandhi's personal popularity, enhance to further heights by India's victory over Pakistan in last December's war. Mrs Gandhi has promised an all-out drive on poverty, and her new power will mean at least theoretical authority to push through more socialist reforms.
In the Union Territory of Delhi - which has less power than a State - the Congress party overthrew the ruling righting Hindu nationalist Jan Sangh party.
SYNOPSIS: In India, week-long State Elections have given the ruling Congress party a landslide victory. Voting ended on Saturday, and although final results will not be available for some days it is already clear that the Prime Minister Mrs Indira Gandhi, will go before the new session of parliament opening this week with much greater power. Voting was in 16 of India's 21 states, and by Monday 12 had gone, or were clearly going to, Mrs Gandhi's party. Even in the Union Territory of Delhi, which has less power than a State, the Congress party overth??? the ruling Jan Sangh party.
In this Delhi constituency though, Mrs Savita Bahen, the Congress candidate less to the Jan Sangh candidate, Mr V.K. Malhotra.
But that was small consolation to the Jan Sangh party, which had prided itself on controlling the area surrounding the Indian capital. Mrs Gandhi had labelled the party fascist.
Across India the Congress Party based its election campaign on Mrs Gandhi's personal popularity, which was lifted to even greater heights than usual by India's victory over Pakistan in last December's war. The Prime Minister has promised an all-out drive on poverty and her new power in the States means at least theoretical authority to push through more socialist reforms.