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

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SOUTH-Kerala Signals

of the Committee's report by the Agriculture Ministry, What is significant is that in spite of the sharpness of the controversy, very little of it has found expression on the floors of Parliament The controversy has remained within the lobbies and committee rooms of different parties. What this suggests is that issues have to be clinched within the various parties first since there does not seem to be a single party, whether of the Right or the Left, which does not have a strong farmers' lobby operating within it Even the Opposition parties have maintained almost total silence 011 the issue during the sessions of the two Houses of Parliament though the issue would have provided an excellent opportunity to embarrass the government. This speaks volumes for the real nature of the interests that all parties, including those that sport socialist and communist labels, hold close to their hearts.

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