• Short Summary

    INDIA'S NEW PRESIDENT IS MR. V.V.GIRI, 75-YEAR-OLD VETERAN TRADE UNION LEADER AND FORMER VICE PRESIDENT.

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    PRESS MEN AND OTHERS ROUND RESULTS BOARD, RESULTS BOARD WITH NOTE ABOUT SECOND COUNT; RETURNING OFFICER ANNOUNCES RESULT (SOF); GIRI WAVES TO CROWD AND GIVES VICTORY SIGN; GIRI CONGRATULATED; COMMUNIST PRO-GIRI DEMONSTRATION.




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    Background: INDIA'S NEW PRESIDENT IS MR. V.V.GIRI, 75-YEAR-OLD VETERAN TRADE UNION LEADER AND FORMER VICE PRESIDENT.

    MR. GIRI WAS THE INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE BACKED BY INDIA'S PRIME MINISTER MRS. INDIRA GANDHI. HE DEFEATED THE OFFICIAL CANDIDATE OF MRS. GANDHI'S RULING CONGRESS PARTY, MR. SANJIVA REDDY, AND A THIRD CANDIDATE, MR. DESHMUKH, PUT FORWARD BY A GROUP OF RIGHT-WING PARTIES.

    HUNDREDS OF PRESSMEN AND SUPPORTERS WAITED TENSELY OUTSIDE THE COUNTING LOBBIES IN NEW DELHI'S PARLIAMENT HOUSE AS THE VOTES OF THE 17 STATES AND PARLIAMENT WERE CHALKED ON THE RESULTS BOARD.

    IT WAS ANNOUNCED THAT NO CANDIDATE HAD GAINED AN OVERALL MAJORITY AND A SECOND PREFERENCE COUNT WOULD BE NECESSARY.

    IN THIS, MR. GIRI EMERGED VICTORIOUS, POLLING 420,077 VOTES AGAINST MR. REDDY'S 405,427.

    AFTER THE VICTORY, MR. GIRI, AND HIS WIFE, WHO WAS GARLANDED IN CELEBRATION, RECEIVED MANY CONGRATULATIONS AT THEIR HOME. THERE WAS ALSO A SMALL DEMONSTRATION IN HIS FAVOUR BY MEMBERS OF THE INDIAN COMMUNIST PARTY, WHO SUPPORTED HIS CANDIDACY.

    MR. GIRI'S SUCCESS PUTS MRS. GANDHI IN A STRONGER POSITION IN HER POWER STRUGGLE WITH THE RIGHT WING OF THE CONGRESS PARTY, WHICH SUPPORTED MR. REDDY.

    BUT THE PARTY PRESIDENT MR. NIJALINGAPPA, WHO LEADS THE RIGHTIST FACTION, TOLD REPORTERS THAT A CONGRESS WORKING COMMITTEE WOULD BE MEETING ON FRIDAY OR SATURDAY TO DECIDE WHETHER MRS. GANDHI SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO CONTINUE AS PARTY LEADER IN VIEW OF THE DEFEAT OF THE OFFICIAL PARTY CANDIDATE WHICH HER CALL FOR A 'FREE VOTE' BROUGHT ABOUT.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA93378TMJTQWBVBVE6T27FU1UA
    Media URN:
    VLVA93378TMJTQWBVBVE6T27FU1UA
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/08/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:21:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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