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    Mr. Sanjiva Reddy, the Speaker of the Lok Sabha -- the Lower House of the?

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    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.

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