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Made to Order Election

words or capacity for deliberate distortion. MOHAN RAO's letter (May 6) is remarkable for what is either his incapa- (i) Mohan Rao twice imputes to this correspondent concern for stability which he obviously identifies with impressive majority for a particular party in the state legislature. This correspondent had never bothered about exactly that in his letters. He had indeed repeatedly stressed certain qualifications of 'stability', such as, "stability based on 'law and order' or 'real stability or re-establishment of genuine law and order', whatever the arithmetic of the elections". Stability of Rao's conception and real stability based on law and order are undoubtedly two different qualities. As to the evidence of the absence of the latter, the continued terror against CPI(M), its allies and their mass bases apart (which seems to be an important component of the stability of Rao's conception) reference may be made to the Calcutta newspapers of April 18 which report the clamping down of an 18 hour curfew on the district town of Krishnagar "as violence [including murders] continued to rock the town" as a result of gang-wars between the supporters of the two Congress(R) ministers from the district. Reference may also be made to the Calcutta newspapers of May 23 which published excerpts of a resolution of the state leadership of the CPI, a partner of Congress(R) in the ruling coalition. The resolution inter alia refers to "acts of intimidation, extortion of money, and use of force indulged in by a section of youth, some of them claiming to be Congressmen".

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