Nearly five thousand supporters of India's opposition parties have marched through New Delhi.
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Background: Nearly five thousand supporters of India's opposition parties have marched through New Delhi. They were protesting against the possible dismissal of State Administrations and the chance of fresh state elections.
SYNOPSIS: Flags of the Janata Party dominated the march but each of India's opposition parties was represented. Mrs. Indira Gandhi's Congress Party and its allies won a two-thirds majority in the Lower House of the National parliament in last month's general election. But opposition parties control most of India's twenty-two State assemblies. Since Mrs Gandhi's landslide victory there have been demands for fresh state assembly elections.
While the opposition parties held their New Delhi rally, Mrs Gandhi visited a village in Northern Uttar Pradesh State, where police are alleged to have carried out mass rape and looting last month. After talking to villagers Mrs Gandhi said the Opposition Janata Government in that state had no right to continue in office for failing to take proper action over the affair.
But, Vice-President of the Janata Party, Mr Gupta told the New Delhi rally that a systematic destabilisation of State Governments and Assemblies had been set in motion since Mrs Gandhi's Government had assumed office. He accused Mrs Gandhi of making wild allegations against certain states, In order to achieve concentration of political power in the hands of the Congress Party. Later a deputation left to deliver an appeal to President Janjiva Reddy not to dissolve State governments.