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NAXALITES-Annihilating a Tactic

bound to stake his claim for a larger share of power. In the ensuing struggle, the Prime Minister will have to either come out openly in support of Mirdha or reconcile herself to seeing Mohanlal Sukhadia re-establish his hegemony over the state. This situation is by no means peculiar to Rajasthan. In Andhra Pradesh, it appears that Brah- mananda Reddi will stage a come-back and manage to install his nominee as chief minister, if he does not become chief minister himself. Earlier, in Gujarat, Chanshyam Oza, another hand- picked nominee of the Prime Minister, had to make way for Chimanbhai Patel who challenged the Prime Minister's influence in much of the same manner as Harideo Joshi has done in Rajasthan. If to this list we add UP, where she has plainly failed to prevent the return to power of Kamlapati Tripa'hi, the erosion of the Prime Minister's influence in the Congress party is obvious enough.

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