In India, the Youth Congress (I) has held its first national convention since the death of its founder, Sanjay Gandhi.
GV Parliament House in New Delhi.
SV Mr. Ramchandra Rath, President of Indian Youth Congress, and Mr, Jagdish Tytler, member of parliament seated talking.
CU Youth Congress badge with photo of Sanjay Gandhi PULL OUT TO wearer Youth President of Andhra Pradesh, Brahmananda Reddy.
SCU Youth President of Bombay Pradesh.
SV S.B. Chavan Mahareshtra Pradesh Youth Congress President.
SV Himachal Pradesh President.
SV Orissa Pradesh President.
SV Mr. Gulan Nabi Azad, General Secretary Indian National Youth Congress talking to S.B. Chavan.
SV Congress Presidents holding a minute of silence for Sanjay Gandhi.
GV Mrs Indira Gandhi arrives, is seated and receives floral garland. (2 SHOTS)
GV Delegates to meeting seated. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: In India, the Youth Congress (I) has held its first national convention since the death of its founder, Sanjay Gandhi. The Congress met to discuss the course it will now adopt, following the accidental death of the Prime Minister's son in an air crash last month.
SYNOPSIS: The youth movement held its meeting at Parliament House in New Delhi. Its President, Ramchandra Rath, and Jagdish Tytler, who is considered a possible successor to the Youth Congress leadership both addressed the meeting.
State Congress leaders from all over India also took part.
Many of the country's youth leaders, rapidly propelled into positions of influence in India's state legislatures, are in a state of shock after the sudden death of their mentor. Many are greatly worried about the political future in the face of fierce rivalry from Sanjay Gandhi's former enemies.
The convention observed a minute's silence in memory of Mr. Gandhi, and later voted to declare his birthday, 14th December, as India's Youth Day.
At the end of the meeting, the convention pledged unstinted support and total loyalty to Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, Sanjay's mother. The National Council of her Congress Party Youth Wing, which Sanjay once led, vowed, in a resolution, to stand by Mrs Gandhi in what it called "her endeavour to steer the nation out of the present crisis".
In reply, Mrs Gandhi urged delegates to work hard for the welfare of the people.