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    Leaders of India's Janata Party met at the home of Party leader Jagjivan Ram on Saturday (30 November) to select candidates for the January national elections.

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    SV INTERIOR: Janata Party leader Mr Jagjivan Ram, seated left, Janata Party President Mr. Chandra Shakgar (centre) and former Prime Minister Mr Morarji Desai, at Mr Ram's home

    CU PAN Mr Ram TO Mr Shekgar and Mr Desai

    CU Former Foreign Minister Mr Bihari Vijapyee studying Janata Party manifesto

    SV Haryana Chief Minister Mr Bhajan Lal and Mr Ravindra, former Labour Minister

    SV Party election manifestoes being distributed to crowd at Janata Party meeting (2 shots)

    SV ZOOM TO CU Party Leader Mr Jagjivan Ram speaking in English, while supporters and newsmen listen (7 shots)

    CU Mrs Indira Gandhi, former Prime Minister and leader of Indian National Congress Party holding up copy of manifesto

    SV Party members distribute copies of manifesto (2 shots)

    SV Mrs Gandhi's party officials and senior members seated at table reading manifesto

    SV Mrs Gandhi speaking in English (5 shots)

    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 6: RAM: "The Janata Party attaches great importance to the extending of the base of democracy, because if democracy flourishes then alone we can take our society to a fair measure of equality ... because in our system of democracy we ensure equality for all the citizens of the country ... in the selection of the type of Government that they would like established in the country irrespective of sex, irrespective of religion, irrespective of caste, irrespective of position in society."

    SEQ. 10: GANDHI: "Based on the principles of democracy, secularism, socialism and non alignment under the leadership and inspiration of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru. It gave the country a strong economic base, ranking eighth in the world and providing sinews of strength which enabled the nation to face three military invasions and many other crises. Above all, the Congress gave durable political stability to the country and enabled it to make rapid all-round progress through planned and integrated development. Vigorous steps were taken to develop science and technology and the country today can take pride in possessing the world's third largest scientific and technological man-power."

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    Background: Leaders of India's Janata Party met at the home of Party leader Jagjivan Ram on Saturday (30 November) to select candidates for the January national elections. The meeting ends speculation that Mr Ram is intending to leave his party to join forces with former Prime Minister Mrs Indira Gandhi. And the Janata Party's election manifesto was announced. It is a 67-page document promising a socialist cure for India's problem.

    SYNOPSIS: Mr Ram...seated left of Party President Chandra Shekgar and former Prime Minister Moraji Desai...has long denied the rumours saying he plans to defect. There have been other problems for the Janata Party. It ruled for 28 months until it split last July. After a bitter internal power struggle Mr Desai - on the right - was ousted.

    The new manifesto ... being studied here by former foreign Minister Bihari Viajpayee...promises a more united and prosperous future. The Party's leaders are offering a stable and effective Government, favouring the poor...about half India's 650 million people live below the poverty line.

    The manifesto also condemns authoritarianism and dynastic dictatorship ... a reference to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and her son Sanjay Gandhi. Mr. Ram ... the Janata Party leader... says he wants to see greater democracy ...

    Mrs Gandhi published her Party's Manifesto the following day (1 December). In it she says her Party ... the Indian National Congress ... would bring back stability to the sub-continent. Mrs. Gandhi was voted out of office in 1977... but now could win the elections in January. Like Mr. Ram she too believes India's economic and social problems can be solved only through democratic means ...

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