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    On Monday in New Delhi there were two opposing rallies on the Bangladesh issue.

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    On Monday in New Delhi there were two opposing rallies on the Bangladesh issue.

    At a huge Congress Party march and rally attended by nearly a million Government supporters. Prime Minister Mrs Gandhi defended her policy of supporting 'Bangladesh', but stopped short of recognition of a new state.

    At another rally held by the Hindu Nationalist Jana Sangh party the same day, immediate recognition for 'Bangladesh' was demanded, as it has been at a series of turbulent Jana Sangh rallies over the past fortnight.

    Part of the Jana Sangh tactics has been to court arrest openly. At Monday's rally, the movement's President Mr A.B. Vajpayee did this himself, and was one of hundreds arrested by police.

    This coverage is of both rallies.

    SYNOPSIS: Nearly a million Indians took part in a march and mass rally in New Delhi on Monday, to express support for Mrs Indira Gandhi's Bangladesh policy, and hear her appeal for unity in a time of crasis. Soon after Mrs Gandhi arrived at the rally, organised by her own Congress Party, she took a look at the vast crowd with the air of binoculars. It was the biggest seen on the huge lawns facing the high-domed President's House near parliament for many years.

    In her speech Mrs Gandhi hit out at the Hindu Nationalist Jana Sengh party for trying to make what she called "political capital" out of the Bangladesh issue. Jana Sangh demand immediate recognition for Bangladesh. Mrs Gandhi said the people should stand behind the Government and let it make the decisions. She said the Government was not against recognition, but it had to weigh all aspects. One of the main aspects was whether recognition at this moment would help the East Bengalis fighting for independence from Pakistan.

    Meanwhile supporting of the Jana Sangh vie were also holding a rally on the Bangladesh issue. At this one there was noisy demonstrating and jostling as police attempted to control the crowd.

    This was the ninth day of agitation by Jana Sangh, urging recognition of Bangladesh by the Central Government. Leading the fight against the Government's policy has been Jana Sangh President Mr A.B. Vajpayee, who received a tremendous reception from his supporters when he arrived at the rally.

    A few days before this rally, police used tear gas to break up a Jana Sangh demonstration outside the Pakistan High Commission, where gathering of more than five people have been forbidden. Jana Sangh members have openly courted arrest at these demonstrations, and they did so again at this one, joined by their leader Mr Vajpayee. He walked towards the police bus used for this arrested supporters, and offered himself to the police.

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