NEW DELHI, INDIA
India's newly-enthroned Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi, said on November 19 that a "conspiracy to break up India" lay behind the October 31 murder of his mother, Indira.
NEW DELHI, INDIA
1. GV Army truck passing along New Delhi street. 0.05
2. CU & GVs Women singing at rally as crowd listen. (3 SHOTS) 0.36
3. SV Banners of Indira and Rajiv Gandhi. 0.41
4. SVs Rajiv Gandhi arrives and crowd cheers as he greets them from rally platform. (3 SHOTS) 1.01
5. CU Woman chanting name of Indira Gandhi. 1.10
6. GV & SVs Rajiv Gandhi speaking to crowd. Crowd chanting. (SOT) (4 SHOT) 1.57
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Background: NEW DELHI, INDIA
India's newly-enthroned Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi, said on November 19 that a "conspiracy to break up India" lay behind the October 31 murder of his mother, Indira. Addressing an estimated one hundred thousand people in New Delhi to commemorate his late mother's 67th birthday, Gandhi did not specify whether the plot extended beyond the country's borders. The gathering marked the unofficial start of campaigning for India's national elections, set for December 24, and with memories of Mrs Gandhi's assassination still fresh in the government's mind, an unprecedented level of security was strictly enforced. Foreign observers noted that Sikh body guards were nowhere to be seen, and the capital's Sikh Mayor Mahender Singh Saathi was jeered when he rose to speak. The disturbance was silenced only when Rajiv Gandhi furiously motioned the crowd to be quiet. Election campaign banners carried slogans invoking Mrs Gandhi's name as the saviour of the Indian nation, indicating that her Congress (I) Party would solicit a massive sympathy vote because of her murder. Western diplomats stated that Rajiv Gandhi easily passed the test of his inaugural campaign appearance, making a dynamic speech in Hindi which his supporters constantly cheered.
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