The former Indian Prime Minister Mrs Indira Gandhi has boosted moves for the reunification of the country's opposition Congress Party, saying that she though it could form the government of the populous western state of Maharashira.
CU/SV: Mrs Indira Gandhi standing at open air news conference speaking, with reporters
MRS GANDHI: "I think the Party is one inside, but also some people did fight the election against us also in the name of the congress. Well, then you have maintained that there's only one party and there is a group. At the moment I'm President of the Party and unless they throw me out I remain President." (LAUGHTER)
REPORTER: "Mrs Gandhi, does your personal political future seem brighter to you today than it did six months ago?"
MRS GANDHI: "NO....no, my political future has been exactly the same and it is not what the Press has said it is. I have had the people's support throughout, regardless of the image that all of you have been trying to project, or most of you.
REPORTER: "You mean throughout the one year since...
MRS GANDHI: "Throughout, yes....
REPORTER: "Or you mean before that as well?"
MRS GANDHI: "What do you mean, before that?"
REPORTER: "Throughout the period beginning when? You are including the emergency?
MRS GANDHI: "Immediately after the defeat I have had the peoples' support wherever I have gone in this country...in no unmistakeable manner. Look...I imposed Press censorship and I said I was imposing it. Now these people are saying they're against any kind of control, that is a very big difference. (SHOUTING INDISTINCT)
MRS GANDHI: "There are many people and everywhere I have travelled, reporters and others have told me that they cannot bear what they sense is not published. (SHOUTING INDISTINCT)
MRS GANDHI: "No....I don't know about here. There's another thing that I don't want anybody victimised because people....because people are victimised.
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Background: The former Indian Prime Minister Mrs Indira Gandhi has boosted moves for the reunification of the country's opposition Congress Party, saying that she though it could form the government of the populous western state of Maharashira. Mrs Gandhi, who was clearly buoyed by her party's state election successes in south India, told a noisy news conference -- her first in three years -- that there was only one Congress Party.