Mr. Sanjiva Reddy, the Speaker of the Lok Sabha -- the Lower House of the?
GV EXT Parliament building, New Delhi
LV INT Janata Party National Executive meeting in progress
CU ZOOM OUT AND PAN Mr. Rajnarain and other delegates seated
SV Left to right-Janata Party President, Mr. Chandrashekhar, Prime Minister Morarji Desai and Defence Minister Jagjivan Ram seated
CU ZOOM OUT Foreign Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and others seated
GV EXT Parliament
SV INT Neelam Sanjiva Reddy greeting members of parliament in Speaker's Chamber
SV Reddy seated at desk making statement in English
SV PAN (Same shot) FROM Reddy to members of Parliament seated at tables
SV Reddy seated at desk
REDDY: "I am very thankful and grateful to all the parties, political parties, that agreed to support me in the coming presidential elections. I hope I will be able to justify the confidence they have reposed in me."
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Background: Mr. Sanjiva Reddy, the Speaker of the Lok Sabha -- the Lower House of the Indian Parliament -- is to become the next President of India. The ruling Janta Party and the opposition congress Party have agreed on his candidacy and the Presidential election on the sixth of August will be a formality only.
SYNOPSIS: On Thursday (7 July) the National Executive of the Janta Party met at the Parliament building in New Delhi to formally adopt Mr. Reddy as their candidates. At one stage there were many possible contenders for the presidency and the Janata Party itself could not agree on its choice.
However following Thursday's meeting, attended by Prime Minister Morarji Desai and members of his cabinet, it was announced that a consensus had been reached on the adoption of Mr. Reddy.
Later the future President was congratulated by members of Parliament. Mr. Reddy's nomination by both the Janata and Congress Parties bring his political career full circle. In 1969 it was his candidacy for the Presidential elections which brought about the spilt in the then ruling Congress Party which swept Mrs. Indira Gandhi to the forefront of Indian politics until her defeat in March this year. 64-year old Mr. Reddy spoke about his achievement to newsmen on Thursday.
Since Mrs. Indira Gandhi's emergency rule the office of President has assumed greater importance in Indian politics. The person holding the post has the power to declare an emergency in the event of foreign hostilities or internal disorder.