• Short Summary

    INDIA IS PREPARING FOR THE MOST CRUCIAL PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IN 22 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE WHICH COULD HASTEN A POSSIBLE SPLIT IN THE RULING CONGRESS PARTY.

  • Description

    INDIA IS PREPARING FOR THE MOST CRUCIAL PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IN 22 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE WHICH COULD HASTEN A POSSIBLE SPLIT IN THE RULING CONGRESS PARTY.

    A COLLEGE OF 4,137 CENTRAL AND STATE LEGISLATORS WILL VOTE FOR A NEW HEAD OF STATE NEXT SATURDAY. ON PAPER, THE POST SHOULD GO TO THE OFFICIAL CONGRESS CANDIDATE 56 YEAR OLD MR SANJIVA REDDI. BUT THE DIVISIONS BETWEEN PRIME MINISTER INDIRA GANDHI AND RIVAL PARTY LEADERS WHICH FLARED INTO THE OPEN MR. REDDI'S SELECTION A MONTH AGO HAVE THROWN ALL PREDICTIONS TO THE WINDS.

    TWO CONGRESS MPS HAVE ALREADY STATED PUBLICLY THAT THEY WILL VOTE FOR MR REDDI'S RIVAL, MR V.V. GIRI, THE 74-YEAR-OLD FORMER VICE-PRESIDENT. HE WAS REJECTED BY THE PARTY AGAINST MRS GANDHI'S WISHES AND IS STANDING AS AN INDEPENDENT BACKED BY LEFT-WING PARTIES.

    THERE ARE STRONG INDICATIONS THAT AT LEAST 100 CONGRESSMEN WILL ALSO FLOUT THE PARTY WHIP AND VOTE AGAINST THE OFFICIAL CANDIDATES. THIS MOVE COULD WIN THE DAY FOR MR GIRI AND WOULD CERTAINLY SPLIT THE PARTY.

    THE THIRD IMPORTANT CANDIDATE OF THE 15 CONTESTING THE ELECTION IS MR CHINTAMAN DESHMUKH, A 75-YEAR-OLD FORMER FINANCE MINISTER BACKED BY THE PARTY'S RIGHT WING.

    THE NEW PRESIDENT WILL HAVE A FIVE-YEAR TERM AND WILL BE THE FOURTH HEAD OF STATE SINCE INDEPENDENCE IN 1947. RECENTLY CONGRESS PRESIDENT SIDDAVANNAHALLI NIJALINGAPPA BRIEFED FOREIGN NEWSMEN ON THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN ELECTION PREPARATIONS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACH1U8M6M32VDPLKHJY47KCA4U
    Media URN:
    VLVACH1U8M6M32VDPLKHJY47KCA4U
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/08/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:24:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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