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

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NEPAL-Change by Example

January 15, 1972 camps. Yet another big question for the Congress this time is: How will the Muslims behave? The Muslims, with over 12 per cent of the total population, are known to vote more or less en bloc and both in 1969 and in the parliamentary elections they undoubtedly voted overwhelmingly for the Congress, This time, however, in the wake of what has happened in Bangla Desh and to the so-called Bihari Muslims there, they are considered as uncertain element, to say the least POLITICAL CONSOLIDATION There are, however, plus points for the Congress which could counteract these disadvantages. First, the opposition parties are shaken and jittery. They are still unable to decide what they are going to tell the electorate. True, there are some local issues, there are the sins and lollies of the Congress Ministers in the Shastri government. There is the recent tragedy in a village of Purnea district where at least 14 Santhal sharecroppers were killed by the hirelings of local feudal lords known to have close connections with the Congress-dominated ministry of Bhola Paswan Shastri. And yet the mortal fear of the "Indira wave" has driven the opposition parties into disarray. Some have already jumped on the Congress bandwagon. Among them were some members of the Socialist party and the six-member Bharatiya Kranti Dal. It is uncertain for how long, though, for it has already bee announced by the Congress office that no tickets would be given to those who had just joined the party.

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