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

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NAXALITES-Prisoners and Patron Saints

 monstration of their frustration and disillusionment with Indira Gandhi's party and government". The bulk of about five lakh voters of Banka had used the by-election as an opportunity to express their resentment against the growing economic problem in general and in particular, against the government's decision to reimpose rent on uneconomic holdings, against the takeover of the wholesale trade in grain which had paradoxically hit the petty retail traders most, and, last but not the least, against the unattractive procurement prices offered by the government following the take-over. Though Femandes did not say so in that many words, his party derived maximum benefit from the last mentioned issue. Soon after returning from Banka, Fernandes issued a statement in Patna demanding the raising of procurement prices of wheat from Rs 71-76 to Rs 100 per quintal. The explanation given was that the biggest hit were the small and middle peasants due to the higher cost of production inclined by them. Now the Socialist Marty has even passed a resolution in favour of a rise in procurement prices.

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