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

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Vol VIII No 24 THE rest of India may not catch a cold every time UP sneezes but when developments in this largest state of the Federal Republic of India lead to its governance being taken over by New Delhi, the matter deserves attention. Ostensibly the reason for imposing President's Rule in UP is last month's revolt of the Provincial Armed Constabulary there. But it is not a very convincing reason, serious as the PAC revolt was from the point of view of the establishment. What seems more plausible is that, seizing upon the PAC episode, Kamalapati Tripathi's opponents in the faction-ridden UP Congress threatened to raise a revolt of their own. Whether or not his opponents would have succeeded in toppling the Chief Minister, they appear to have been able to persuade the party's central leadership, and the Prime Minister particularly, that if the faction fighting was allowed to continue it would effectively impair the party's chances in the Assembly elections early next year. And the Assembly elections in UP, as everyone knows, have for quite some time occupied a very high place in the Prime Ministers scheme of priorities. To put it briefly, then, UP had to be taken under the Centre's wing to make the state safe for the Congress in the elections.

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