- Title: INDIA: LEGISLATORS VOTE FOR A NEW INDIAN PRESIDENT.
- Date: 14th July 1987
- Summary: 1. GV & CU Armed security guards in grounds of parliament. (2 SHOTS) 0.06 2. GV INTERIOR Parliamentarians lining up to vote. 0.10 3. CU Election poster. 0.14 4. SV Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi voting. 0.23 5. SV Lok Dal speaker Balram Jhakar casting his vote, followed by women MPs. 0.31 6. CU Independent presidential candidate Mithilesh Kumar posing for photographers. 0.38 7. SV Woman MP in wheelchair voting. 0.45 8. GV & CU Parliamentarians in voting room, votes put in ballot box. (2 SHOTS) 0.54 9. CU Foreign Minister N.D. Tiwari casting his vote. 1.00 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 29th July 1987 13:00
- Location: DELHI, INDIA
- Country: India
- Topics: General
- Reuters ID: LVA73R8EM5KVVCKVO8E4VICJ5067
- Story Text: DELHI, INDIA
Almost 5,000 parliamentarians and state legislators across India voted on July 13 to elect the nation's eighth president since independence 30 years ago. It was predicted that Vice-President Ramaswamy Venkataraman would replace Zail Singh, India's first Sikh president, whose five-year term ends on July 24. Venkataraman was expected to win a easy victory over his two opponents, leftist lawyer V.R. Krishna Iyer who failed to unite the opposition behind him, and toothless 67-year-old independent, Mithilesh Kumar, who said dentures were corrupt, bar girls should be abolished and no one should vote for him. Venkataraman, a respected lawyer, politician and Sanskrit Scholar, was nominated by Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi's Congress (I) Party. Despite considerable dissatisfaction with Gandhi's leadership amongst the party ranks, there was no sign of a revolt against his chosen candidate. The departure of President Zail Singh was expected to be a relief to Gandhi following damaging public arguments between the two men.
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