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

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COALITION GOVERNMENT IN ORISSA Decision-Making and Change Amal Ray WHAT distinguishes the Swatantra- Jana Congress coalition in Orissa from similar experiments elsewhere in India is the absence of any major stalemate in its decision-making as well as its scrupulous observance of the rules of constitutional propriety. This is mainly because neither of the partners is committed to any militant ideology. The leading members of both the Swatantra and the Jana Congress have displayed an abundant measure of mutual tolerance and understanding. Both the Chief Minister and the Deputy Chief Minister told me that since the government was formed, they had not disagreed on any important issue. Again, both of them talked eloquently of their allegiance to the democratic Constitution of India, and the rules emanating therefrom. However, the stability of the government is currently at stake. The dominant section of the Jana Congress is openly annoyed over the lack of dynamism in the working of the government. Their chief spokesman, H K Mahatab, told me that the Swatantra-Jana Congress coalition is essentially a government of status quo, and emphasised the need for a dynamic government capable of bringing about a breakthrough in major areas. The Chief Minister, when asked to comment on Mahatab's allegation, admitted its partial truth, and said that his government was now trying to make up the deficiency in dynamism.

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