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Last Updated: Wednesday, 19 May, 2004, 09:59 GMT 10:59 UK
In pictures: Uproar as Gandhi withdraws
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India was thrown into political turmoil after Sonia Gandhi told parliament she was not going to be prime minister.
One supporter, apparently distraught at the news, held a gun to his head...
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One supporter, apparently distraught at the news, held a gun to his head...
Gandhi supporter slashed his chest
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... while another slashed his chest in an expression of despair that Italian-born Gandhi had refused to serve.
Congress supporters n Delhi
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Many more descended on Mrs Gandhi's house in Delhi to demand that she change her mind.
Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh
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Mrs Gandhi is backing Manmohan Singh for the top post instead.
Supporters of the Congress party president beat on the man tipped as a possible PM, Manmohan Singh.
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Some Congress supporters beat on the car carrying Mr Singh.
Members of the student wing of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) shout slogans
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Earlier, the outgoing Hindu Nationalist BJP had vowed to oppose the "foreigner".
Police detain a group of Congress Party supporters during a demonstration against outgoing Health and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.
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They included the current health minister whose threat to resign from parliament if Mrs Gandhi became PM sparked these protests.
Police detain Pramod Chugh, left, an activist of the Hindu nationalist party Shiv Sena after he tried to self-immolation in Bhopal.
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While a BJP supporter went further - trying to set fire to himself.




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