• Short Summary

    THE MID-TERM ELECTION CAMPAIGN HAS STARTED IN THE NORTHERN INDIAN STATE OF HARYANA BUT REPORTS INDICATE THAT VOTERS ARE NOT SHOWING MUCH INTEREST.

  • Description

    THE MID-TERM ELECTION CAMPAIGN HAS STARTED IN THE NORTHERN INDIAN STATE OF HARYANA BUT REPORTS INDICATE THAT VOTERS ARE NOT SHOWING MUCH INTEREST. IN THE CITIES THERE ARE SAID TO BE SIGNS OF APATHY TOWARDS THE POLITICIANS WHO HAVE FORCED THE ELECTIONS WITH CONSTANT FLOOR CROSSINGS.

    HARYANA, WITH WEST BENGAL AND UTTAR PRADESH, ARE UNDER PRESIDENT'S RULE AND ARE GOVERNED FROM DELHI. THEIR TOTAL POPULATION EXCEEDS 160-MILLION.

    THE HARYANA PREMIER, MORAJI DESAI, IS ONE WHO HAS NOT ACKNOWLEDGED A FAILURE OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT. HE HAS TALKED OF INEVITABLE GROWING PAINS AND MAINTAINS THAT PARLIAMENTARY DEMOCRACY AND FREEDOM - EXCEPT TO DRINK - ARE ENDS IN THEMSELVES.

    MR. DESAI IS FOLLOWING CLOSE ON THE HEELS OF A TOUR BY MR. GANDHI, AND IS CAMPAIGNING HEAVILY. MOST OF THE CANVASSING IS DONE IN THE EARLY HOURS OF THE DAY OR IN THE LATE EVENING TO AVOID THE BEAT OF THE INDIAN SUMMER, WHICH HAS BROUGHT TEMPERATURES UP TO 108 DEGREES. BUT IN THE COUNTRYSIDE THE FARMERS ARE BUSY HARVESTING THEIR CROPS AND THRESHING GRAIN APPARENTLY SHOWING LITTLE INTEREST IN THE ELECTIONS THEY FACE.

    ANOTHER CANDIDATE, PRATAP SINGH, HAS BEEN GOING FROM HOUSE TO HOUSE SEEKING VOTES, AND APART FROM THE MORE COMMONPLACE ELECTION POSTERS, CANDIDATES HAVE RECRUITED RICKSHAWS WITH DRIVERS WHO SHOUT THEIR NAMES AS THEY RIDE THE STREETS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVACZVPR7U8TXY3KAP724L5VL5WM
    Media URN:
    VLVACZVPR7U8TXY3KAP724L5VL5WM
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/05/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:17:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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