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    India's ruling Congress Party decided at its annual conference on Monday (29 December) that general elections, due in March, would be delayed for at least a year.

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    India's ruling Congress Party decided at its annual conference on Monday (29 December) that general elections, due in March, would be delayed for at least a year.

    The conference, which opened in the small village of Kamagata Maru Nagar, near the Punjab capital of Chandigrah, voted to extend the life of the Lok Sabha, or lower house, for another year.

    The resolution requires formal approval by parliament, but the Congress Party has a two-thirds majority, and would have little difficulty pushing through the extension.

    Mrs. Gandhi, in two long speeches to party groups on the opening day of the conference, said the emergency would remain as long as it was necessary for the good of the nation. Emergency rule was imposed on June 26 to meet alleged threats to democracy from opposition groups.

    Mrs. Gandhi also rejected suggestions that there had been a move to "the right" by her government since it imposed the state of emergency
    She said that rumours were being spread saying the government was abandoning socialist development and moving closer to the West.

    Indian Health Minister Karan Singh told the conference that the country's economic gains were being nullified by a population growth of 13 million a year.

    During the five days of the conference, the population would rise by 200,000. He said the government was not yet ready to introduce a law to limit the size of families, but some people were "thinking about it".

    SYNOPSIS: The opening day of the annual conference of India's ruling Congress Party on Monday, in a small village near the Punjab capital of Chadigarh. And the country's leaders wasted little time consolidating their position.

    After the formal opening ceremonies, the conference decided that general elections, due in March, would be delayed for at least a year. The life of the Lower house would also be extended for a year. And as the party holds a two-thirds majority in both upper and lower houses, there should be little trouble getting the extension pushed through.

    Mrs. Gandhi, in two long speeches to party groups said the present emergency would remain as long as it was necessary for the good of the country.

    Mrs. Gandhi also rejected suggestions that there had been a move to "the right" by her government since it imposed the state of emergency in June. She said rumours were being spread saying the government was abandoning socialist development, and moving closer to the West.

    Mr. Dev Kant Barooah was re-elected unopposed as Party President. He arrived at the conference centre the previous day at the head of an impressive procession of gaily decorated elephants and about a hundred thousand supporters in tractors and on foot.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAW8XY36YYIZ15T8IH7MPAS5U5
    Media URN:
    VLVAAW8XY36YYIZ15T8IH7MPAS5U5
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/12/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:23:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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