- Title: INDIA: INDIA'S NEW CENTRE-LEFT UNITED FRONT COALITION GOVERNMENT TAKES POWER
- Date: 1st June 1996
- Summary: NEW DELHI, INDIA (JUNE 1, 1996) (RTV - ACCESS ALL) 1. SLV EXTERIOR PRESIDENTIAL PALACE 0.06 2. SLV INTERIOR PALACE - OUTGOING PRIME MINISTER ATAL BEHARI VAJPAYEE SHAKES HANDS WITH NEW CABINET MEMBERS 0.14 3. SV INCOMING PRIME MINISTER H.D. DEVE GOWDA GREETS FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES 0.30 4. LV PRESIDENT HSANKAR DAYAL SHARMA ARRIVES TO ADMINISTER OATH OF OFFICE TO GOWDA AND MEMBERS OF CABINET (2 SHOTS) 0.46 5. LV/MCU/SV GOWDA TAKES OATH (ENGLISH) (3 SHOTS) 1.24 6. SV GOWDA SHAKES HANDS WITH PRESIDENT 1.29 7. SV AUDIENCE APPLAUDS 1.32 8. LV/SV CEREMONY IN PROGRESS (2 SHOTS) 1.44 9. LV/MCU P. CHIDAMBARAM OF THE TAMIL MAANILA CONGRESS PARTY TAKING OATH (ENGLISH) (2 SHOTS) 2.06 10.LV/SV RAM VILAS PASWAN OF THE SOCIALIST JANATA DAL TAKING OATH (HINDI) (2 SHOTS) 2.24 11.SV AUDIENCE 2.27 12.MCU/SV KANTI SINGH, THE ONLY WOMAN MEMBER IN THE CABINET, BEING SWORN IN (HINDI) (2 SHOTS) 2.47 13.LV/SV CABINET POSES FOR CAMERAS/ AUDIENCE MINGLING (3 SHOTS) 3.06 14.SV GOWDA SEATED AT TABLE FOR PRESS CONFERENCE 3.09 13.MCU GOWDA SPEAKING (ENGLISH) 3.43 15.SV NEW CABINET MEMBERS (2 SHOTS) 3.53 TRANSCRIPT SQ 13: GOWDA: "WORLD CANNOT UNDERSTAND A MAN WHO COMES FROM A PEASANT COMMUNITY. INDIA HAS A MAN FROM A RURAL. AREA. A MAN FROM THE FARMERS' COMMUNITY. SPEAKING ELOQUENT ENGLISH AND HINDI. IT IS NOT THE SOLUTION FOR THIS COUNTRY. I KNOW WHAT THE PROBLEM IS. YOU MUST WAIT. I'LL PROVE WHAT THE GOVERNMENT IS." Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
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- Location: NEW DELHI, INDIA
- Country: India
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- Story Text: INTRO: India's new centre-left United Front coalition government, headed by Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda, hastaken power. The coalition appears comfortably placed to breeze through a confidence vote later this month.
--------------------------------------------------------------- The United Front (UF), together with former prime minister P.V.
Narasimha Rao's party, commands the support of some 329 lawmakers of the 537 elected so far to India's 545-seat Lok Sabha, or lower house of parliament.
Deve Gowda said he planned to hold the confidence vote on June 10, two days ahead of a June 12 deadline.
President Shankar Dayal Sharma invited Deve Gowda to form a government on Tuesday after then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee resigned ahead of a confidence vote his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) looked certain to lose.
The BJP emerged as the single largest party after India's inconclusive general elections, controlling 194 seats in parliament with its allies.
The Congress Party, which formed the last government before the polls, suffered a humiliating defeat and ended with just 138 seats along with its ally, the Muslim League.
Congress and the United Front, which have for decades been bitter enemies on the camapign trail, forged ties on the common platform of thwarting the BJP's bid for power. Congress has pledged to support Deve Gowda's government in the vote.
Deve Gowda says he has submitted evidence of the support of 190 lawmakers to President Sharma.
The UF, which won 179 seats in the Lok Sabha (lower house) holds 13 parties within its fold, including communists, peasants groups, socialists and free trade advocates.
The alliance's main component, the leftist Janata Dal, won 45 seats in India's general elections, while the two communist parties in the group won 44 seats between them.
The Samajwadi (Socialist) Party controls 17 lawmakers while other leftist parties won eight seats between them. The regional Telegu Desam Party, based in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, is represented by 16 lawmakers in parliament.
The regional Tamil Maanila Congress and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, both from the southern state of Tamil Nadu, control 37 members of parliament. Smaller parties hold the remaining seats in the United Front.
Votes for six constituencies in the Himalayan state of Jammu and Kashmir have yet to be counted. The two remaining parliamentary seats will be filled later by government-appointed nominees.
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