INTRODUCTION: An era in Indian politics ended on Tuesday (22 March) when Mrs Indira Gandhi resigned as Prime Minister.
CU Indian flag PULL BACK TO GV Janata Party headquarters
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MVs INTERIOR Mr Morarji Desai talking to Janata Party officials (3 shots)
MV PAN Mrs Gandhi seated with Congress Party members (B & W)
CU Mrs Gandhi speaking (B & W)
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 5: GANDHI: "This judgement of the people must be respected. My colleagues and I accept their verdict unreservedly and in a spirit of humility. Election are part of the democratic process to which we are deeply committed. I have always said and I do believe that the winning or losing of an election is less important than the strengthening of our country and ensuring a better life for our people. I give my good wishes to the new government that will be formed. I hope that the secular, socialist and democratic foundations of India will be reinforced. The Congress Party and I are ready to give constructive co-operation in the coming tasks that face our nation. We are proud of our great country. As I take leave of you as Prime Minister, I should like to express my deep gratitude to my colleagues, to my party and to the millions of men, women and children who have given me their trust, co-operation and even affection over the year."
The Congress Party has called a meeting for Wednesday (23 March) of its newly elected members to choose a leader who will become the leader of the opposition in the Lok Sabha (Lower House). Mrs. Gandhi, who suffered a large defeat in her own constituency of Rae Bareli, will not qualify for election as party leader.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: An era in Indian politics ended on Tuesday (22 March) when Mrs Indira Gandhi resigned as Prime Minister. Mrs Gandhi and her father Pandit Nehru have dominated Indian politics since independence in 194%. The Congress Party which she headed has lost power for the first time since then.
SYNOPSIS: At the headquarters of the Janata Party in New Delhi, senior party members have been meeting to form the new government. The party and its main ally, the Congress for Democracy Party decisively defeat the Congress Party in the recent general election, and have a majority of more than 100 seats over the former government. The man most likely to take over as Prime Minister is Mr Morarji Desai, aged 81, a former Deputy Prime Minister and leader of Janata. His main opponent is former Agriculture Minister and leader of Congress for Democracy, Mr Jagjivan Ram. The new government is expected to take office in a few days.
After handing her resignation to acting President B.D. Jatti, Mrs Gandhi made a statement to the people of India about the election which ended her 11 years in power.