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election. Some Congress leaders who had been discomfited in their States by the political activities of ex-rulers may well have taken this line; on the other hand, it is a fact that the continuance of the Congress Government in more than one State depends on the support of some ex- ruier or the other. This is very much the case in Madhya Pradesh where Chief Minister D P Mishra is at the mercy of the Prince of Rewa, and of Gujarat where the Gaekwad of Baroda is a Minister in the Congress Ministry whose collapse he could conceivably engineer. It is clear, then, that abolition of Privy purses would affect the fortunes of different Congress leaders differently: some would be able to walk away with the credit for being radical, while others might find the ground cut from under their feet. Could it be that this was, once again, the objective of the 'rebels1? The significance of the New Delhi AICC, then, may lie not so much in the revolt of the rank and file nor in the leftward push to the party programme, but in that it marks another phase in the manoeuvring among the party's top leaders to dig themselves in and to queer the pitch for their opponents. If this were not so, then the session would have devoted the maximum attention to the party organisation. For, what the Congress needs today more than anything else is an organisational revamping, not new slogans nor even a sharpened radical image- But equally clearly, the Congress leadership is too divided and plagued by mutual distrust to make a serious attempt at reorganising the party. Any sectional initiative is bound to be suspected of being an attempt to strengthen group positions. For instance, the Prime Minister spoke with passion about the need to root out the corrupt practice of enrolling bogus members, but is it believable that she will be able to pursue this wholly desirable objective any distance considering that the position of many a Congress leader depends, through that of his henchmen in the organisation, on members who exist only on the party's muster of members?

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