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ANDHRA-Hidden Export Possibilities

SSP have dissociated themselves from the move. The initial steps for an anti-communist third force having fizzled out, spotlight has now shifted to the inner turmoils of the UF around distribution of seats and formulation of a common programme. Discussions on the first centres on what is known as the Pro- mode Das Gupta formula. Das Gupta is the Secretary of the CPI(M) State Committee. The formula in reality owes its origin to EMS Namboodiripad who had successfully applied it to consolidate the seven party alliance in Kerala on the eve of the fourth general elections, it provides that the constituent parties of the UF will retain the seats they had won in the last general elections and where none of the UF parties had won, the party which had the position of the runner- up will be allotted the seat. Although in their public postures most of the UF partners have questioned the legitimacy of the formula, in private many of them concede its suitability. So, if the Left communists in West Bengal display the same flexibility in in actual application of the formula as Namboodiripad had done in Kerala by agreeing to contest only 59 seats whereas a strict adherence to the formula would have given the Left communists 65 seats, allotment of scats is unlikely to be a roadlock this time. A knotty problem, however, will be that of allocating the defectors' seats. Since Bangla Congress (BKD) lost the largest contingent through floor-crossings, it very much resents the CPI(M) suggestion that these seats should not automatically go to the parties whose nominees had won them. If, however, the CPI(M) initially makes the generous gesture of accepting somewhat less than its due, the truncated Bangla Congress can hardly make the issue a breaking point.

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