In India police opened fire and used teargas shells on Wednesday (20 December) to control crowds protesting against the jailing of Former Prime Minister, Mrs Indira Gandhi.
In India police opened fire and used teargas shells on Wednesday (20 December) to control crowds protesting against the jailing of Former Prime Minister, Mrs Indira Gandhi. More than a thousand people have been arrested in protests, and reports from around the country indicate India was in for further violent protests against the Parliament's decision to jail Mrs Gandhi.
SYNOPSIS: Members and supporters of Mrs Gandhi's Congress Party promised that if she was expelled from the Lower House of the Indian Parliament they would begin a campaign of civil disobedience. In New Delhi, thousands of her supporters massed int he streets when the news came that two hundred and seventy nine to one hundred and thirty-eight members of parliament had voted for a motion tabled by Prime Minister Moraraji Desai and decided to expel Mrs Gandhi and have her jailed for breach of privilege and contempt of the Lower House.
After they heard that Mrs Gandhi had lost the vote, her supporters learned that she could be jailed from four days to several weeks depending on when the House, which is to adjourn on Friday (22 December) is recessed. They purposely broke the police cordons to be arrested and jailed as a show of solidarity with their leader. More than 1,000 people were arrested as news of Mrs Gandhi's arrest spread.
In a surprise statement the night before Mrs Gandhi was ousted from parliament, former Home Minister Charam Singh called for the dissolution of the Janata Party and its replacement with a coalition government. But the Janata Party won in the debate an was able to expel Mrs Gandhi from parliament.
Mrs Gandhi surrounded by her supporters was taken in a closely guarded police convoy to Tihar jail. It is the second time she has been jailed since she lost office as Prime Minister twenty-one months ago.
Mrs Gandhi's supporters believe that the tough government actions will result in a new wave of public sympathy for her and will result in a further remarkable comeback to India's political arena. before her arrest on Tuesday night (19 DECEMBER) the former Prime Minister said if expelled from parliament she would immediately see re-election representing the seat in Chikmagalur that she won by 77,000 votes last month.