In India, anti-government rallies are continuing and adding emphasis to claims that support is growing for former Prime Minister Mrs.
GTV: Demonstrators along Calcutta street carrying banners and flags. (3 SHOTS)
SV: Police cordon.
SV PAN: Demonstrators chanting.
SV PAN: Police cordon holding back protestors. (2 SHOTS)
SV: Demonstrators break through police cordon and march off up street.
SV: Demonstrators being led into police vehicle.
SV: Demonstrators marching past police.
A "March of Millions" is being planned by Mrs. Gandhi's supporters for next month. Reports suggest the march will be in New Delhi on 25 June, the anniversary of the date Mrs. Gandhi declared a state of emergency in 1975. Plans for the mass meeting include a march on Mr. Desai's home in central Delhi.
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Background: In India, anti-government rallies are continuing and adding emphasis to claims that support is growing for former Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi.
SYNOPSIS: The latest demonstration was in Calcutta last Wednesday (3 May), when an estimated 30,000 people gathered at Esplanade East to hold an anti-government rally. The organisers supported Mrs. Gandhi's breakaway Congress Party, which had several victories in South India in recent state elections.
After other recent violent rallies, the police expected trouble and brought many men out on duty.
But despite reinforcements, the police cordon was broken by chanting demonstrators and as many as 1,000 people were arrested. Some observers believe these rallies are signs that Mrs. Gandhi is resorting to street agitation as a main-thrust challenge to the Janata Government headed by Morarji Desai. The Government has already suffered a major set-back in West Bengal, with a party split following a humiliating defeat in state elections last year.