India's Prime Minister, Mrs. Indira Gandhi, given a massive mandate by voters to rule the?
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TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 5): REPORTER: "Each candidate expects to win but were you surprised by the landslide that you received?"
MRS. GANDHI: "No."
MRS. GANDHI: "Because I expected it. How else is one not surprised? I might tell you that in spite of what some of our newspapers are saying, I have never gambled and I don't intend to gamble in the future."
REPORTER: "When you form the new Government what priority will you give in the national problem."
MRS. GANDHI: "The major problem today, the contemporary problem, is that of unemployment and that has to be solved. Also, rising prices. And then we have already outlined our priorities--one is more employment opportunities, then certain basic amenities like approach roads in villages, irrigation, family planning, the children's feeding programme."
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Background: India's Prime Minister, Mrs. Indira Gandhi, given a massive mandate by voters to rule the country for the next five years, said on Thursday night that she would work to reduce the gap between rich and poor. The electorate gave her Congress Party the absolute majority she sought when she called an early General Election. With some results still to come in, Mrs. Gandhi's party had captured 284 seats as against the 228 it held in the last Parliament. The result is considered a personal triumph for the Indian Prime Minister.