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    INTRODUCTION: As India's general election campaigns reach their final stages, one of the country's top newspaper editors, George Verghese, continues his bid for a seat as an opposition candidate.

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    INTRODUCTION: As India's general election campaigns reach their final stages, one of the country's top newspaper editors, George Verghese, continues his bid for a seat as an opposition candidate. Mr Verghese was formerly Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's Publicity adviser, but turned against her when she imposed press censorship in declaring a state of emergency last year.

    SYNOPSIS: Mr Verghese is standing as an independent candidate, supported by the alliance of the opposition parties. He's concentrating his campaigning on the smaller villages, and on Sunday (6 March) he visited several in the communist-dominated state of Kerala. On most days throughout the campaign, he has visited at least 20 villages.

    He's been receiving enthusiastic receptions, and Sunday's rally was preceded by an impressive show of fireworks.

    Mr Verghese resigned as Mrs Gandhi's adviser in 1968 to join the Hindustan Times as its Editor in Chief. Following the imposition of press censorship, he was sacked because of his outspoken criticism of the government. His campaign is financed by Indian journalists, and his election campaign rests on promises to end the suppression of the news.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAISYCLOK7P78O1XETZZWILMVA
    Media URN:
    VLVAAISYCLOK7P78O1XETZZWILMVA
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/03/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:42:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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