In India on Wednesday (28 December), the former Prime Minister, Mrs. Indira Gandhi, attended a?
SV: Mrs. Gandhi with Congress Party leaders.
SCU: Congress Party flag.
CU: Congress Party President Reddi singing national ???nthem GV other members of party singing. (TWO SHOTS)
CU: Party President Reddi speaking.
SV PAN: Party members listening.
GV INT: Party President seated on floor talking to party members. (TWO SHOTS)
SV: Mr. Chavan and Mr. Subramanian seated on floor.
SV ZOOM OUT: other members of party.
REDDI: "Our institution, the Indian National Congress, has tried from its inception, to fulfil the destiny of the people of India, the (INDISTINCT) social emancipation and the great national reconstruction of India. And until all of us are able to work united, united, and create conditions in which every human being in India is able to live free, is able to have his (INDISTINCT), is able to have his (INDISTINCT), is able to have his education, the work of the Congress can not be considered to have been fulfilled. And therefore I request you all to concern, all congressmen in this country to concern, that we are united and disciplined and the policies and the programmes are our guiding light."
Mrs. Gandhi resigned from the executive of the Congress Party earlier this month (18 December). And Reuters reports that observers see the up-coming two day convention as a bid to recapture control of the party she ruled with an iron grip until defeated in the last election. Mrs. Gandhi will address the gathering which organisers claim will attract up to 2,000 people.
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Background: In India on Wednesday (28 December), the former Prime Minister, Mrs. Indira Gandhi, attended a flag raising ceremony, one of a number of celebrations to mark the 93rd anniversary of the Congress Party. Her appearance at the ceremony came at a time when she is planning a rival party convention which observers say could lead to the setting up of a break-away party.
SYNOPSIS: Mrs. Gandhi's attendance at the ceremony came as a surprise to the leaders of the Congress Party, which was the government of India until its defeat in the general election last March.
Only the day before, the leader of the Congress Party, Mr. Brahmananda Reddi, had denounced the rival party convention that Mrs. Gandhi is planning for next week. The convention follows the resignation of seven supporters of Mrs. Gandhi from the party's top policy making committee, a move which Mr. Reddi had in mind when he told party members to stay united.
Mr. Reddi's plea to stay united was not a reaction to a new situation. For the past three months the Congress Party has been divided by serious infighting among two factions.
On one side, leading figures in the Parliamentary opposition are trying to restore the party after its massive election defeat.
On the other, the party's rank and file are being courted by Mrs. Gandhi's supporters who say the Congress Party is being badly led.