In India, leaders of the opposition Congress party and the breakaway faction of the Janata party expressed confidence on Thursday (19 July) that India would soon have a stable government.
SV Opposition Leader, Mr. Yeshwantrao Chavan posing with officials outside congress building for photographs and then waving
SV Interior Chavan speaking in English.
SV Exterior Chavan and officials leaving building & entering car
SV Newsmen taking photographs of deputy premier Jagjivan Ram
GV Prime Minister's offices in Delhi
GV Outgoing Prime Minister Moraji Desai and Ministers leaving offices
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Background: In India, leaders of the opposition Congress party and the breakaway faction of the Janata party expressed confidence on Thursday (19 July) that India would soon have a stable government. A Congress spokesman said the merger of his group and the Janata (secular) faction was possible, but they to decide on who would lead the new government.
SYNOPSIS: After a meeting with Indian President Sanjiva Reddy, the leader of the Congress Party, Yeshwantrao Chavan, emerged jubilantly claiming he would form the next government in the next few days.
Mr. Chavan's party has only seventy-five members in the five-hundred-and-forty-four seat lower hose of Parliament. But he told reporters he had already been in touch with leftist leaders and others who have a combined strength of forty-two seats in the Lok Sabra. The Janata remains the largest single party in parliament, despite mass defections which forced Prime Minister Moraji Desai to resign last week.
But a leadership dispute is looming, with several people still strong contenders for the premiership.
Much depends on the outcome of a leadership dispute in the ruling janata party, between Mr. Desai and Deputy Premier, jagjivan ram who commented after Mr. Chavan met the President that it was simply normal parliamentary procedure.
It remained unclear who would occupy the Prime Minister's offices. Mr. Desai still refuses to make way for Mr. Ram, the leader of India's one hundred million Harijans (Children of God) formerly known as Untouchables.