ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Challenge of a New Situation

 The Congress, in fact, has never been able to gain an absolute majority. In the 1951 and 1961 elections it was able to form a coalition only by depending on some group. The gamble- alliance with the Republicans this time has proved a flop, however, as the latter have been able to muster only 2 scats. The Congress position would have beui still worse had not the cumulative voting system been replaced by the 'one vote, one constituency' system and the Maharashtrian vote? been divided among the Shiv Sena, the Sampoorna Maharashtra Samiti and the Jan Sangh. The notable Congress casualties in this election have been the deputy leader of the municipal Congress party, and the chairmen of the Standing Committee, the Medical Relief Committee and the Markets Committee.

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