• Short Summary

    INDIA'S LAWMAKERS YESTERDAY (16 AUGUST) CAST SECRET BALLOTS FOR A NEW HEAD OF STATE IN ONE OF THE MOST CRUCIAL DAYS IN THE NATION'S HISTORY.

  • Description

    INDIA'S LAWMAKERS YESTERDAY (16 AUGUST) CAST SECRET BALLOTS FOR A NEW HEAD OF STATE IN ONE OF THE MOST CRUCIAL DAYS IN THE NATION'S HISTORY.

    THE VOTES OF 4,137 CENTRAL AND STATE LEGISLATORS IN THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION WILL DECIDE THE FATE OF PRIME MINISTER INDIRA GANDHI'S GOVERNMENT AND THE FUTURE SHAPE OF INDIAN POLITICS. THE RESULT WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON WEDNESDAY.

    STANDING AS THE OFFICIAL CANDIDATE FOR THE RULING CONGRESS PARTY IS MR. SANJIVA REDDY, 56, WHO IS OPPOSED BY MRS. GANDHI AND HER SUPPORTERS.

    FIGHTING AGAINST HIM IS FORMER VICE-PRESIDENT V.V. GIRI, 75, WHO WILL GET THE VOTES OF REBEL CONGRESSMEN BACKING MRS. GANDHI AS WELL AS LEFTWING PARTIES.

    THE POWER STRUGGLE BETWEEN MRS. GANDHI AND HER PREDOMINANTLY RIGHT WING RIVALS HAS CLEAVED AN IRREPARABLE RIFT WHICH BECAME COMPLETE ON THE EVE OF VOTING WHEN PARTY PRESIDENT SIDDAVANNAHALLI NIJALINGAPPA REJECTED A FINAL APPEAL FROM THE PREMIER FOR FREEDOM TO VOTE AGAINST MR. REDDY.

    THERE ARE 13 OTHER CANDIDATES IN THE ELECTION BUT ONLY MR. C. D. DESHMUKH, SUPPORTED BY THE RIGHTWINGERS, HAS ANY IMPORTANCE. MRS. GANDHI AND MR. NIJALINGAPPA VOTED WITHIN 30 MINUTES OF EACH OTHER AT THE POLLING STATION IN NEW DELHI'S CIRCULAR PARLIAMENT HOUSE. BOTH WERE CHEERED AS THEY WALKED PAST A LONG QUEUE OF M.P.S WAITING TO CAST THEIR VOTES.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA3ZMTLMMBT5LOZ95AF9U5IL5F
    Media URN:
    VLVAA3ZMTLMMBT5LOZ95AF9U5IL5F
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/08/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:58:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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