INTRODUCTION: India's four main non-communist opposition parties have banded together to form a new united party to fight the general election in March.
GV INTERIOR Opposition party members seated (SILENT)
CU Mr Morarji seated and speaking to newsmen as other party members listen (2 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: VESAI: "I hope the government will conduct the elections in a fair way and that there will be true liberty for meetings for all parties who contest the election and for them to say what they have to say. Just as we cannot find fault with them, (indistinct) our position, we should not find fault with the opposition for castigating the government. I wish that the emergency had been lifted, she said it will be relaxed. I would suggest a milder thing that. Let is be suspended until the election are over. Then we'll be sure it's not abused. Then we will be sure it's not abused. Then we will go in with fear and fear is stalking the land unfortunately. This is what I see. Therefore the government should ensure people (indistinct) the elections, so that people also would regard any fear of any-body, of any kind, (indistinct). Indemnity is necessary that all the detainees should be released, all who have not beer released, all who have not been released if I may give instance of this.
There are 446 or 47 people (indistinct) 46 have been released and the rest are in jail. Same must be the case in different parts of the country, therefore they should all be released.
India showed signs of returning to political normally on Friday (21 January) with newspapers free of censorship after 19 months under a state of internal emergency. The Prime Minster, Mrs Indira Gandhi, made the surprise announcement of the proposed general election three days before.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: India's four main non-communist opposition parties have banded together to form a new united party to fight the general election in March. It's to be known as the Janata (People's) Party and it's thought the new leader will be the former Deputy Prime Minister, Morarji Desai, who was released from prison this month.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Desai announced the parties formation at a news conference in New Delhi on Thursday (20 January).