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    The election results from India's western state of Gujarat dealt yet another blow to the country's Prime Minister, Mrs.

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    The election results from India's western state of Gujarat dealt yet another blow to the country's Prime Minister, Mrs. Indira Gandhi, and the ruling Congress Party - already stunned by a court verdict that found Mrs. Gandhi guilty of corrupt electoral practises.

    The elections took place on Wednesday (11 June) for the State's 182-member Legislative Assembly. A rightwing coalition of five opposition parties, which called itself the "Janata (Peoples) Front", won 87 seats - only five short of an absolute majority.

    Mrs. Gandhi's Congress Party won only 75 seats - upsetting even the most pessimistic predictions - and it now has no prospect of forming a government in the State - currently suffering a severe drought.

    Although two results still have to be announced - one because of a counting dispute, and the other because of the death of a candidate - the Peoples Front leaders say they are hopeful of forming a government with the support of independents.

    The Prime Minister - 57 year-old Mrs. Gandhi - who is reckoned to be the biggest vote-catcher in the country, had staked her personal prestige on a Congress Party victory in the state. She spoke at more than 100 meetings during a punishing eleven-day campaign in scorching heat.

    Gujarat was considered a stronghold of the Congress Party. In the 1972 elections the Party won 140 of the 168 seats. In March last year the Assembly was dissolved after student-led riots over food prices, and the State was placed under Presidential rule from New Delhi.

    SYNOPSIS: The people of the State of Gujarat in western India, went to the polls on Wednesday, and dealt another severe blow to the country's Prime Minister, Mrs. Indira Gandhi, and the ruling Congress Party. The Party and its leader had already been stunned by a court verdict that found Mrs. Gandhi guilty of corrupt electoral practices. In Gujarat, the Congress Party suffered an unprecedented defeat.

    The elections were for the State's one hundred and eighty-two member Legislative Assembly, and a rightwing opposition coalition of five parties, calling itself the "Janata Peoples Front", won eighty seven seats. They were only five short of an absolute majority. Mrs. Gandhi's Congress Party won seventy-four seats.

    The result upset even the most pessimistic predictions, and the Congress Party now has no prospect of forming a government in the State, which is currently suffering a severe drought. Two results still have to be announced - one because of a counting dispute, and the other because of a candidate's death.

    But the leaders of the Peoples Front are confident that they can form a government with the support of independents. Mrs. Gandhi, who is fifty-seven, is reckoned to be the biggest vote-catcher in the country, and she had staked her personal prestige on a Congress Party victory in Gujarat. She spoke at more than a hundred meetings.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8J9EF256QVVS5PGDMSAU3TESG
    Media URN:
    VLVA8J9EF256QVVS5PGDMSAU3TESG
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/06/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:49:00
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    N/A

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