• Short Summary

    THE MAHARANI OF JAIPUR IS LEADING THE OPPOSITION SWATANTRA PARTY AGAINST THE RULING CONGRESS PARTY IN THE COMING ELECTIONS IN INDIA.

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    THE MAHARANI OF JAIPUR IS LEADING THE OPPOSITION SWATANTRA PARTY AGAINST THE RULING CONGRESS PARTY IN THE COMING ELECTIONS IN INDIA. AND THE INDICATIONS ARE THAT THE ELEGANT MAHARANI MAY WELL WIN THE ELECTORAL BATTLE. SHE IS PERSONALLY STANDING FOR A LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY SEAT, AS WELL AS HER SEAT IN PARLIAMENT.

    SYMBOLS OF THE THREE PARTIES - THE STAR OF SWATANTRA, THE BULLOCKS OF CONGRESS, AND THE OIL LAMP OF THE JAN SANGH - CAN BE SEEN IN POSTERS ALL OVER JAIPUR. THE JAN SANGH IS THE PARTY OF HINDU NATIONALISM WHICH HAS JOINED FORCES WITH THE SWATANTRA PARTY FOR THE ELECTION. ALTHOUGH THE JAN SANGH POLLED ONLY 9 PER CENT OF THE VOTES IN THE 1962 ELECTIONS, WINNING 14 ASSEMBLY SEATS, THE PARTY HAS HAD SOME STRIKING SUCCESSES SINCE THEN IN MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS. THE TWO PARTIES HAVE DIVIDED THE 184 CONTESTS FOR ASSEMBLY SEATS THIS YEAR IN THE PROPORTION OF ROUGHLY TWO TO ONE, SWATANTRA BEING THE SENIOR MEMBER, AND THEIR MUTUAL SUPPORT OF SINGLE CANDIDATES IN CERTAIN TO MAKE GREAT DIFFICULTIES FOR THE CONGRESS PARTY IN MARGINAL CONSTITUENCIES.

    TO MAKE PROSPECTS EVEN BLEAKER FOR THE CONGRESS PARTY, A SPLINTER GROUP OF THE JAT CASTE HAS FORMED A PARTY, INSTEAD OF SUPPORTING CONGRESS AS IN PREVIOUS YEARS. IN THE 1962 ELECTIONS CONGRESS WON EXACTLY HALF THE 176 SEATS - ONE INDEPENDENT JOINING CONGRESS TO FORM A GOVERNMENT.

    THE FORMER PRINCESS OF THE STATE, WHO THIS YEAR ARE LARGELY COMMITTED TO DEFEAT CONGRESS ARE A KEY FACTOR IN THE ELECTION. THERE ARE PRINCESS ON THE CONGRESS SIDE BUT MOST ARE IN OPPOSITION. MRS GANDHI SPOKE OUT BITTERLY AGAINST THE PRINCESS IN JAIPUR RECENTLY WHEN SHE RECALLED HOW IN THE BAD OLD DAYS THEIR PEOPLED ENDURED FAMINE WHICH THEY PLAYED IN EUROPE. SHE WARNED THAT THE CONGRESS PARTY HAD RESISTED GREAT PRESSURE FOR THE ABOLITION OF THE PRIVY PURSES WHICH THE GOVERNMENT IS BOUND TO GIVE THE FORMER PRINCESS UNDER THEIR ACTS OF ACCESSION.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVABLVZP0T7PC9X1G05MKHLWXUYO
    Media URN:
    VLVABLVZP0T7PC9X1G05MKHLWXUYO
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/01/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:25:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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