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

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KERALA- Congress Takes Over

significantly strengthened. In fact, however, the election results might have quite the contrary impact. Paradoxically enough, the major unsettling factor is the entry into the Assembly of Biju Patnaik, the architect of the coalition. Out of office since he resigned under the so-called 'Kamaraj Plan' in October 1963, Patnaik has been nursing his ambitions of returning to Chief Ministership. Now, armed with the massive mandate of the people and with the support of the 34 other members of the Utkal Congress and the three members of the Jhar- khand party, who are nearer to him than to the Swatantra party, it would be very unlike Patnaik not to make a bid for power.

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