In India, thousands of people have taken to the streets to show their support for former Prime Minister, Mrs.
MV Congress party workers carrying tricolour flags and shouting anti-Janata Party slogans in Old Delhi. (2 SHOTS)
MV Painting of former Indian Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi.
LV Mrs. Gandhi standing in open jeep surrounded by supporters. (2 SHOTS)
SCU Posters supporting Mrs. Gandhi and anti-Janata Party banners. (2 SHOTS)
MV Hundreds of supporters gather around Mrs. Gandhi's car as procession moves through streets.
MV Crowd looking on from rooftops as Mrs. Gandhi stands in jeep. (2 SHOTS)
MV PAN Supporters throwing flowers to Mrs. Gandhi.
LV Mrs. Gandhi leads procession through streets waving to supporters.
Mrs. Gandhi has accused the United States of 'conspiring' to bring down her government in 1977. She claims the US was also responsible for ousting the governments in Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Her allegations followed shortly after the former American Ambassador to India, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, disclosed that twice financially helped Mrs. Gandhi's Congress Party to fight its opponents.
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Background: 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.