Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi has been continuing his election campaign with a prediction that his Congress (I) Party will win a increased majority as a result of the voting, which starts on December 24.
NEW DELHI, INDIA DECEMBER 20, 1984 ( REUTERS - SURINDER KAPOOR)
GVs & SVs Rajiv Gandhi addressing, crowd applauding and waving. (5 shots)
GVs Crowd applauding as Rajiv Gandhi finishes speech and leaves by helicopter. (3 shots)
GVs People walking in New Delhi street with posters and placards of election candidates. (3 shots)
GV, SV & CUs officials in government office sorting through bundles of ballot papers. (7 shots)
SCU Election organiser speaking. (ENGLISH SOT) TRANSCRIPT: ORGANISER: (SEQ 5)"I am conscious of the fact that I am presiding over the largest democratic election of the country, and I think that no other country has that big electorate. I think there will be ultimately no problem, that we shall just go through with it."
SV & GVs Ballot boxes being checked. (4 shots)
Background: Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi has been continuing his election campaign with a prediction that his Congress (I) Party will win a increased majority as a result of the voting, which starts on December 24. Speaking in New Delhi on December 20, Gandhi, who succeeded his mother as prime minister after her assassination on October 31, said that his first campaign for election had gone very well. He predicted that he would personally win an overwhelming victory over his sister-in-law Maneka in the Amethi constituency, 500 kilometres (300 miles) south-east of New Delhi. One opinion poll has said that Maneka will take only six per cent of the poll in Amethi. Poster bearing pictures of the Prime Minister outnumbered those carrying Maneka by ten to one. The statistics of the election are staggering. Over 5,300 candidates are chasing 380 million voters, of whom 60 per cent are expected to go to the half-a-million voting stations. One polling station has been set up to cater for just four voters. The whole operation is presided over by more than two and a half million election officials. The ballot papers combined weigh 15,000 tons (tonnes). In one constituency there are ninety candidates. Because two thirds of the electorate are illiterate there are symbols to help them to identify the parties. the price of democracy to the country's bank balance is approximately sixty million US dollars.