• Short Summary

    MRS INDIRA GANDHI TODAY (SUNDAY) APPEARS CERTAIN TO BECOME THE NEXT PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA, IN SUCCESSION TO MR SHASTRI, WHO COLLAPSED AND DIED LAST WEEK.

  • Description

    MRS INDIRA GANDHI TODAY (SUNDAY) APPEARS CERTAIN TO BECOME THE NEXT PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA, IN SUCCESSION TO MR SHASTRI, WHO COLLAPSED AND DIED LAST WEEK. AS SUPPORT GROWS FOR HER CANDIDACY, MANY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN CALLING ON HER HOME TO OFFER THEIR GOOD WISHES.

    MRS GANDHI WOULD BE INDIA'S THIRD PRIME MINISTER SINCE INDEPENDENCE AND THE FIRST WOMAN TO LEAD THE NATION OF 490 MILLION PEOPLE. THE ELECTION WILL BE HELD AT A MEETING OF 551 CONGRESS MEMBERS OF BOTH HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT NEXT WEDNESDAY (19 JAN).

    MRS GANDHI, AGED 48, IS THE DAUGHTER OF THE LATE PRIME MINISTER NEHRU. SHE IS THE WIDOWED MOTHER OF TWO SONS AND IS REGARDED AS A KEEN SOCIALIST, SOMEWHAT TO THE LEFT OF HER LATE FATHER. MRS GANDHI WENT TO JAIL FOR A YEAR FOR ANTI-BRITISH ACTIVITIES IN 1942.

    MRS GANDHI WAS AN ONLY CHILD AND SHE REMAINED A CONFIDANTE AND FRIEND OF HER FATHER UP TO HIS DEATH TWO YEARS AGO. SHE MARRIED MR FEROZE GANDHI, A MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT -- NO RELATIVE OF MAHATMA GANDHI -- IN 1942.

    SHE BECAME A MEMBER IF THE CONGRESS WORKING COMMITTEE IN 1955 AND IN 1959 WAS ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE CONGRESS PARTY -- THE THIRD GENERATION OF THE NEHRU FAMILY TO PRESIDE OVER THE PARTY. SHE GAVE UP AFTER A YEAR BECAUSE OF ILL HEALTH.

    MRS GANDHI JOINED THE CABINET FOR THE FIRST TIME AFTER HER FATHER'S DEATH AS MINISTER OF INFORMATION AND BROADCASTING, A POST SHE HAS HELD UNTIL NOW.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5EX1LN9IBBA8BG8LTB7QHLXHX
    Media URN:
    VLVA5EX1LN9IBBA8BG8LTB7QHLXHX
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/01/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:59:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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