Twenty-one women have died in a stampede at a birthday celebration rally for an Indian politician in the city of Lucknow, local officials say.
Thousands had gathered in a park for the birthday rally of Lalji Tandon, state leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party in northern Uttar Pradesh state.
Local officials said people had rushed for the handout of free saris.
Premier Atal Behari Vajpayee, who is contesting Lucknow in forthcoming elections, will visit the scene soon.
India rally stampede 'kills 21'
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