Indian President Sanjiva Reddy has called on the leader of the Official Congress Party, Yeshwantro Chaven, to form a new government, The move came as leaders of the ruling Janata Party failed to reach agreement to end a political crisis following last Sunday's (15 July) resignation of Prime Minister Morarji Desai.
GV Congress party building.
GV Party members chatting
SV Mr Geshwantraro Havan, opposition leader talking with Mr Salim (Glasses)
SV Congress Party President Mr Swaran Singh calling meeting to order as Mr Chavan looks on ( 3 Shots)
SV Mr Jagjivan Ram deputy Prime Minister leaving building
Mr Charan Singh contender for premiership, speaking to officials in his home
GV Portrait of communist leaders in building
GV SV Delegates listening as general Secretary Mr Rajeshwar Rao speaks to communist party.
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Background: Indian President Sanjiva Reddy has called on the leader of the Official Congress Party, Yeshwantro Chaven, to form a new government, The move came as leaders of the ruling Janata Party failed to reach agreement to end a political crisis following last Sunday's (15 July) resignation of Prime Minister Morarji Desai.
SYNOPSIS: The Janata Parliamentary Party (JPP) cancelled a crucial meeting when Desai refused to stand down as its leader. Meanwhile Chavan was given the chance to form a new government. He is the Loc Sabha's opposition leader and his Congress Party has 75 members in parliament. Last week, he proposed a censure motion against the government when parliament reopened, a move which threw the already divided Janata Party in further confusion. Chavan was given four days to form a new administration.
Deputy Prime Minister Jagjivan Ram is still regarded as a close contender in the race for India's premiership. He had the advantage of 200 Janata Party MPs backing him, but for Ram to become Premier, Desai has to step down from the Janata leadership first.
Charan Singh leads a breakaway faction of the Janata Party, and he spent the day trying to rally support for his premiership candidacy. He has been to see former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, but Singh is also hoping to receive the Communist Party's support.
But with President Reddy's support behind him, Chavan is now the favourite to become Prime Minister. Chavan was brought into the central government in 1962, and since then has h held the defence and finance portfolios before becoming External Affairs Minister.