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Industrial Relations Miracle

votes. Thus the Vande Mataram issue helped both the Muslim League and the Jan Sangh, at the expense of the Congress. As for BPCC's relations with the MPCC, what appeared to be cordiality was in fact part of a clever manoeuvre by Chief Minister Naik. It is well known that there was much hostility to the BPCC President within the Maharashtra Congress leadership, especially from Vasantrao Patil who had been ousted from the Rashtriya Mill Mazdoor Sangli by Rajni Patel's men. In fact Patil is known to have threatened to resign from the state government unless the Chief Minister acted to curb the BPCC President. Naik gave the impression of not taking these complaints seriously and in fact encouraged Rajni Patel to feel that there was close political rapport between the two of them. At the same time, in a number of specific cases he acted decisively to undermine the political standing of the Bombay Pradesh Congress. The state government's role in regard to the Vande Mataram issue has been referred to above. Similarly, in respect of the civic employees' demand for bonus, the state government, by firmly turning down the demand, caused a complete lass of face for the BPCC leadership. Further, Chief Minister Naik is said to have tacitly approved of the election alliance between the Republican party and the Shiv Sena in an effort to sustain the latter as a formidable counterweight to the Bombay Pradesh Congress. Through his tactics of overtly appearing to support Rajni Patel and covertly opposing him, the Chief Minister has not only inflicted some crushing political defeats on the BPCC President but has also discredited the latter among his own followers.

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