INTRODUCTION: In India, Mr.
GV Rajiv Gandhi leaves aircraft and is met by welcoming party.
GV Rajiv Gandhi greeting his family.
GVs Rajiv Gandhi, family and supporters walking towards terminal. (3 SHOTS)
GV Police controlling crowd, Congress workers shouting pro-Gandhi slogans. (2 SHOTS)
GV Rajiv Gandhi leaves in car.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: In India, Mr. Rajiv Gandhi, the Prime Minister's son, has been elected to parliament with a large majority. He won the seat formerly held by his brother, Sanjay Gandhi, in Uttar Pradesh state. Sanjay Gandhi died in a plane crash last year.
SYNOPSIS: For years, Rajiv Gandhi kept out of the political limelight. He lived privately with his Italian wife, working as an airline pilot, and steering clear of the controversy that followed his mother and brother. But during the past year he has become increasingly involved in politics, finally standing for the rural Amethi constituency in Uttar Pradesh. On Monday (15 June) he won handsomely, doubling his brother's majority. He returned to Delhi in triumph.
His win boosts still further the strength of Mrs. Gandhi's Congress Party. Already the party has a two-thirds majority in the Indian Parliament. However this by-election -- one of six -- was seen as a test of its support after 18 months of rule. During the vote the party won five further seats. Mrs Gandhi campaigned vigorously on behalf of her son amid opposition charges that she was trying to establish a dynasty. Now, Rajiv Gandhi has the chance to become one of India's most powerful figures.