After her shock conviction Thursday (12 June) for corrupt election practices, Indian Prime Minister Mrs.?
After her shock conviction Thursday (12 June) for corrupt election practices, Indian Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi faced crowds of supporters outside her home in New Delhi.
They had flocked there to urge the Congress party leader to ignore Opposition and Press calls for her immediate resignation.
Rival supporters of the right wing Hindu-Nationalist Jan Sangh, also advanced on Mrs. Gandhi's home but to demand she leave office. They were stopped by a large force of police before they could reach her residence.
Despite the sentence barring her from public office for six years, Mrs. Gandhi remains in office under constitutional provisions and pending an appeal against the conviction. The charges had been brought by the Indian Socialist Party Leader, Mr. Raj Narain.
Mrs. Gandhi faced the crowd outside her residence after and emergency meeting inside with top Cabinet aides and ministers, Congress party leaders and State Chief ministers who had rushed there after the announcement of the court's verdict in Allahabad.
SYNOPSIS: Thursday's shock conviction of Indian Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, for corrupt election practices provoked calls for her immediate resignation. She remains in office under a twenty-eight day order pending an appeal.
The charges against Mrs. Gandhi were brought by the Indian Socialist party leader, Mr. Raj Narain, who she defeated by a two-to-one margin in the nineteen-seventy one elections. After his legal victory Mr. Narain was besieged by supporters. He had fought for his case in the courts for more than four years before the final, stunning verdict.
As news of the sentence barring Mrs. Gandhi form office for six years spread around New Delhi, her supporters flocked to her home to urge her to continue as Prime Minister.
The grey-haired, fifty-seven-year-old leader had been conferring inside her residence with top Government and Congress party leaders on her course of action. She than faced the crowds outside. She told the rally that with the people's support she would stay to fight many more elections. The emergency meeting inside had already given her full backing to stay on as leader until the appeal is decided and she know whether she will be free to continue or will be cast into the political wilderness.
After the spontaneous show of support for her, Mrs. Gandhi seemed encouraged for the fight ahead.
Rival supporters of the right wing Hindu-Nationalist Jan Sangh also advanced on Mrs. Gandhi's home in the wake of the Allahabad court sentence. But before they could reach her residence they were cut off by a strong force of police.