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Return of Golden Age

substantial defections from his party should an SVD government be formed. The Prime Minister evidently has no illusions about the political situation that faces her in UP, That the precipitate break-up of the coalition with BKD was a bloomer, perpetrated by the incompetent leaders of her party in the State, must be now clear to her. But things have gone too far and the choice before her is between revoking President rule and allowing an SVD govern- ment to come to power and persisting with President rule and taking the rap for it in Parliament. The results of the former course would be a severe set- back to Congress(R) in UP and even nationally, though the Prime Minister can perhaps hope that the parties constituting the SVD may not pull together long enough for the government to last till the general election. On the other hand, should she decide to extend President's rule she will almost definitely be able to survive a trial of strength in Parliament. Having already drawn so much criticism over the manner of imposition of President rule, she might well decide to stick it out till the political situation in the State changes to her advantage. The choice is a delicate one and this might just be one of those situations in which the President, constitutional head though he is, might materially influence the Prime Minister's decision.

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