• Short Summary

    ABOUT 350-THOUSAND VOTERS WENT TO THE POLLS YESTERDAY, (MONDAY), TO ELECT THE FIRST POPULAR GOVERNMENT IN MORE THAN 450 YEARS IN THE FORMER PORTUGUESE COLONIES OF GOA, DIU AND DAMAN.

  • Description

    ABOUT 350-THOUSAND VOTERS WENT TO THE POLLS YESTERDAY, (MONDAY), TO ELECT THE FIRST POPULAR GOVERNMENT IN MORE THAN 450 YEARS IN THE FORMER PORTUGUESE COLONIES OF GOA, DIU AND DAMAN.

    THE ELECTION, THE FIRST SINCE INDIA TOOK OVER THE ENCLAVE TWO YEARS AGO, WILL DECIDE GOA'S FUTURE POLITICAL STATUS IN THE INDIAN UNION.A TOTAL OF 159 CANDIDATES CONTRASTED THE 30 SEATS IN THE LOCAL ASSEMBLY, AND TWO SEATS IN THE INDIAN PARLIAMENT.

    FOUR MAIN PARTIES FOUGHT THE ELECTION, INCLUDING INDIA'S RULING CONGRESS PARTY.MAIN ISSUE IN THE PRE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN HAS BEEN WHETHER GOA SHOULD REMAIN UNDER CENTRAL GOVERNMENT CONTROL FOR THE PRESENT, OR SEEK UNION WITH THE SURROUNDING STATE OF MAHARASHTRA.NO PARTY CAMPAIGNED FOR REUNION WITH PORTUGAL.

    SINCE INDIA TOOK OVER THE FORMER PORTUGUESE TERRITORY, THE WHOLE ECONOMY OF THE AREA HAS SLUMPED.INDIAN PRESSURE TO FORCE THE PORTUGUESE OUT OVER THE PRECEDING YEARS BROKE EARLIER LINKS WITH THE INDIAN HINTERLAND, AND GOA WAS FORCED TO LOOK OVERSEAS FOR TRADE.

    IRON ORE AND MANGANESE MINES, PROFITABLY RUN BY THE PORTUGUESE, FAILED AFTER THE INDIAN TAKE-OVER.THE SLUMP LED TO THE SHUTDOWN OF MANY MINES, WIDESPREAD UNEMPLOYMENT AND DECLINING EXPORTS.

    THE INDIAN GOVERNMENT HAS ANNOUNCED, HOWEVER, A 290 MILLION RUPEE, (GBP21 MILLION), DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME.THIS INCLUDES DEVELOPING THE PORT OF MARMAGAO, ONE OF THE FINEST NATURAL HARBOURS ON INDIA'S WEST COAST, INDUSTRIAL EXPANSION AND TOURIST PROMOTION.

    POLITICAL COMMENTATORS PREDICT THAT THE CONGRESS PARTY WILL EMERGE AS THE BIGGEST GROUP IN THE LEGISLATURE, BUT WITHOUT AN OVERALL MAJORITY.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAH53WYCQXU6HYWLHULPWRCE7V
    Media URN:
    VLVAH53WYCQXU6HYWLHULPWRCE7V
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/12/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:32:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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