The former Indian Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi is apparently making a return to active?
GV: Pro and anti-Gandhi demonstrators shouting and waving flags (TWO SHOTS)
MV: Anti Mrs Gandhi demonstrators waving black flags
MV: Pro-Gandhi supporters waving flags
MV: Demonstrators and supporters rushing forward trying to block Mrs. Gandhi's car (TWO SHOTS)
MV PAN: Village band playing
MV: Mrs. Gandhi steps out of car and throws garlands to crowd (TWO SHOTS)
GV: Mrs Gandhi's supporters and demonstrators surrounding open car as Mrs Gandhi arrives at meeting (TWO SHOTS)
GV: Anti-Gandhi demonstrators waving shoes
MV: Mrs Gandhi takes place on stand (TWO SHOTS)
MV: Mrs. Gandhi addressing crows (TWO SHOTS)
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Background: The former Indian Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi is apparently making a return to active politics and on a tour of the Ganga Valley cities of Ghaziabad, Meerut and Hardwar on Sunday (4 September) met with a mixed reaction from the people.
SYNOPSIS: The day began with the publication in the American news magazines, Time and Newsweek of an interview with Mrs. Gandhi in which she accused the new government of committing the same kind of political repression that was charged against her defeated administration. In Ghaziabad, Mrs. Gandhi was met by supporters and opponents. Those against Mrs. Gandhi carried black flags.
Despite the effort of police, demonstrators tried to halt Mrs. Gandhi's car. Along the route, Mrs. Gandhi stopped at village to throw garlands of flowers to villagers. Mrs. Gandhi's Congress Party has been under attack from the ruling Janata political grouping. Several of her former aides including a Defence Minister have been charged with misappropriating funds and her son, Sanjay, is facing inquiries into his alleged activities during the State of Emergency declared by Mrs. Gandhi in June 1975.
Mrs. Gandhi's progress was to be the same during her tour; with the crowds divided in support and opposition. She arrived in an open car for a meeting at Meerut. At the town of Muzzafarnager, those against Mrs. Gandhi waved their shoes and sandals at her.
At Hardwar, Mrs. Gandhi was to tell the people to wage war against poverty. She said that if the fight required the shedding of blood it would be shed to establish socialism as blood was shed to win freedom. Last month, Mrs. Gandhi accused the Government of Prime Minister Morarji Desai of recklessly spending Foreign Exchange reserves. In the meantime the Government says Mrs. Gandhi's passport may be withdrawn because of investigations into her 21 month period of emergency rule.