In India, the battle for premiership is still wide open and by Monday (16 July), two candidates had announced their candidacy for the post of Prime Minister.
GV Indian Prime Minister Morarji Desai arrives at Presidential Palace to tender his resignation.
MV Desai leaving palace, into car and off. (2 SHOTS)
GV Newsmen outside Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Jagjivan Ram's residence.
CU Ram surrounded by officials.
GV Former Industry Minister, George Fernandes' residence.
SV Rabi Ray, former Health Minister, Raj Narain and Fernandes (left to right)
MV Former Petroleum Minister, H.M. Bahuguna speaking in English.
CU Women queuing for water and filling buckets from pump. (2 SHOTS)
MV Women carrying bucket on head.
MV Crowd filling buckets from hydrant.
MV Boy with two children pushes pushchair with bucket.
SCU Crowd filling buckets from hydrant.
BAHUGUNA: "I decide to resign from the Union Government --- along with one more of my colleagues today -- because we felt that this government was being totally overwhelmed by criminal forces. Law and order was breaking down, and all semblance of government was withering away."
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Background: In India, the battle for premiership is still wide open and by Monday (16 July), two candidates had announced their candidacy for the post of Prime Minister. India's outgoing Premier, Mr. Morarji Desai, resigned on Sunday (15 July,) after a week-long revolt in the Janata Party, which wiped out his majority in Parliament.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Morarji Desai has been in office even since defeating former Premier, Indira Gandhi, in the 1977 elections. But on Sunday, Mr. Desai made the trip to the Presidential Palace in Delhi to hand his resignation to President Sanjiva Reddy. The Indian President asked him to remain on as caretaker Prime Minister, until a new government was formed. Mr. Desai's Janata Party had lost its majority in Parliament the week before, and faced a censure motion within days.
The man thought most likely to succeed Mr. Desai is currently India's Deputy Premier and Defence minister, Mr. Jagjivam Ram. He is the leader of India's one hundred million Harijans -- the so-called 'Untouchables'. He had threatened to resign if Mr. Desai refused to go. Earlier, the campaign for Mr. Desai's departure resulted in the resignations of thirteen Government ministers and a hundred Janata Party supporters in the Indian Parliament.
Another Janata Party personality who campaigned strongly for Mr. Desai's resignation was Industry Minister, George Fernandes (on the right). But the man who led the revolt was Mr. Raj Narain, whose newly-formed Janata Secular Party was intended to form a new government. Further evidence of the Janata Party crisis was the resignation of Petroleum Minister, Mr. H.M. Bahuguna.
A wildcat strike by ten thousand water and sewage workers worsened the political crisis. Residents in the capital, Delhi, have to queue for water, and there is the ever-present threat of cholera and typhoid epidemics.
Health officials have warned that all water should be boiled before use. For the moment, the political crisis has ruled out quick effective action to end the strike.