• Short Summary

    AFTER ANNOUNCING ON FRIDAY (10 MARCH) THAT HE INTENDED TO COMPETE WITH MRS GANDHI, THE WORLD'S ONLY WOMAN PRIME MINISTER, FOR INDIAN PREMIERSHIP, FORMER FINANCE MINISTER MORARJI DESAI DECIDED TODAY TO WITHDRAW HIS CHALLENGE.

  • Description

    AFTER ANNOUNCING ON FRIDAY (10 MARCH) THAT HE INTENDED TO COMPETE WITH MRS GANDHI, THE WORLD'S ONLY WOMAN PRIME MINISTER, FOR INDIAN PREMIERSHIP, FORMER FINANCE MINISTER MORARJI DESAI DECIDED TODAY TO WITHDRAW HIS CHALLENGE.

    THE FIRST DEFINITE INDICATION OF MR DESAI'S INTENDED CHALLENGE CAME ON FRIDAY WITH HIS ANNOUNCEMENT THAT HE INTENDED TO SOLICIT SUPPORT AMONG CONGRESS PARLIAMENTARIANS IN HIS BATTLE FOR LEADERSHIP. NOW 72 YEARS OF AGE, MR DESAI CHALLENGED MRS GANDHI FOR LEADERSHIP LAST YEAR AFTER THE DEATH OF PRIME MINISTER LAL BAHADUR SHASTRI. HE LOST BY 355 VOTES TO 169.

    HOWEVER, TODAY IT WAS ANNOUNCED THAT MR DESAI, MRS GANDHI'S SOLE CHALLENGER, HAD DECIDED TO STAND DOWN, HAVING AGREED TO BECOME DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER. HE IS ALSO EXPECTED TO RESUME HIS POST OF FINANCE MINISTER, A POST WHICH HE HELD FROM 1958 TO 1963 UNDER MRS GANDHI'S FATHER, THE LATE MR. NEHRU.

    THE TWO LEADERS MET EARLY THIS MORNING, AND LATER MRS GANDHI WAS ABLE TO ANNOUNCE THAT MR DESAI HAD PLEDGED 'HIS FULL AND UNQUALIFIED SUPPORT' IN HER RUNNING OF THE GOVERNMENT.

    THE CONGRESS PARLIAMENTARY GROUP IS DUE TO MAKE ITS CHOICE FOR LEADERSHIP AT A FULL MEETING IN NEW DELHI TOMORROW. MR DESAI'S WITHDRAWAL MEANS THAT THEY WILL NOW ONLY HAVE TO FORMALLY RE-ELECT MRS GANDHI. MR DESAI WILL BE ELECTED DEPUTY LEADER.

    SOON AFTER MR DESAI ENDED HIS TALKS WITH MRS GANDHI, A NUMBER OF OTHER PARTY LEADERS, INCLUDING HOME MINISTER Y.B. CHAVAN LABOUR MINISTER JAGJIVAN RAM, AND DEFENCE MINISTER SARDAR SWARAN SINGH MET MRS GANDHI FOR TALKS.

    MR DESAI LATER OBSERVED TO REPORTERS THAT "WE MUST NOW WORK AS A HAPPY TEAM."

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAA42MYPMBRRIJLBAKG31UUH1PM
    Media URN:
    VLVAA42MYPMBRRIJLBAKG31UUH1PM
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/03/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:51:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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