In India, thousands of people have taken to the streets to show their support for former Prime Minister, Mrs.
In India, thousands of people have taken to the streets to show their support for former Prime Minister, Mrs. Indira Gandhi. The occasion was the launch of a campaign which charges misrule of India by the ruling Janata Party, led by Prime Minister Morarji Desai.
SYNOPSIS: Shouting slogans against the government of Mr. Desai and waving the traditional "tricolour" flags of the Congress Party, Mrs. Gandhi's supporters made their way through Delhi's old city on Friday (20 April).
Soon, Mrs. Gandhi will be facing several criminal charges relating to alleged excesses during her emergency rule, which lasted twenty-one months. The Indian government is to set up special courts soon to speed up the proceedings against her.
But, standing in her open jeep, the sixty-one-year-old former Prime Minister told her supporters that she was not afraid of special courts. Nor, she said, was she afraid of being hanged. She said she would continue to raise her voice on behalf of India's poor and weak. The procession was another example of Mrs. Gandhi's growing political strength since her defeat in the 1977 general election. Her breakaway faction of the Congress party is mounting its opposition to Mr. Desai's government, which is increasingly plagued by strikes and religious violence.