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LUCKNOW-Thakur against Bania

LUCKNOW Thakur against Bania UP has been under President's rule since February 23 with the Assembly suspended but not dissolved. The Governor has now initiated a series of talks with political leaders in his search for a stable government. The SVD, which had a majority in the Assembly when Charan Singh resigned, has at last elected Harish Chandra Singh as its new leader after a good deal of manoeuvring by its various constituents. Immediately on his election, Singh requested the Governor to invite him to form a new SVD Government. This shows the SVD's will to survive which, in the absence of any programmatic unity among the different parties, can be ascribed only to the continuance of the anti-Congress sentiment which, in turn, persists because the man in the street, the intellectual in the coffee house and the non-Congress MLA in the Vidhan Sabha share a common intense dislike, if not hate, for the group that controls the State Congress. This does not, however, mean that the SVD will be able to form a government, much less rule the State in peace. The SSP, PSP and CPI have already decided that though they would support a government formed by Harish Chandra Singh, they would not join it. Such an arrangement can only aggravate the existing instability. If a leader of Charan Singh's ability could not make the different constituents of the SVD pull together, it is improbable that Harish Chandra Singh will succeed under what are, if anything, more difficult circumstances.

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