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Congress Manifesto

The Congress Manifesto, true to style, is not a manifesto at all in the accepted sense of the word. It does not say what the Congress will do if it is returned to power. In no sense is it a programme of action and legislation which the Congress promises to put through if it gets another term of office. Nowhere does it say what the Congress will do; the verb most frequently used is "should", what the country should do, what the administration should do, and so on.

The Congress Manifesto, true to style, is not a manifesto at all in the accepted sense of the word. It does not say what the Congress will do if it is returned to power. In no sense is it a programme of action and legislation which the Congress promises to put through if it gets another term of office. Nowhere does it say what the Congress will do; the verb most frequently used is "should", what the country should do, what the administration should do, and so on.

The manifesto is primarily intended to win over the left within the Congress which has become restive. But the very tentative programme it holds up of social and economic changes are not such as to cause a run on the banks, frighten away foreign aid-givers or cause a tremor in the hearts of urban high income groups. The lone is throughout of gentle moderation.

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