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

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Sugar- With a Pinch of Salt

ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL WEKKLY THE election of Golap Borbora as the leader of the Janata legislature party last year was the result of a compromise; the Janata party not having an absolute majority in the assembly on its own, any leader of the Janata group aspirins to become chief minister had to be acceptable to other groups like the Plains Tribal Council of Assam, the CPI(M) and the independents who were willing to support the formation of a government by the Janata. The majority of the Janata MLAs in Assam belong to the Congress(O) or to other more recent Congress factions, but this section was hampered at the time of the election of the leader of the JLP by having too many aspirants for leadership: and none of the groups promising to .support a Janata govern- ment without however participating in it, notably the CPI(M), was ready to extend such support to the generally discredited gang of Congress leaders masquerading now as Janata. Borbora, with a history of having been in opposition to the Congress from the days or the Congress socialist party, was thus the obvious compromise candidate. The present efforts to get rid of Borbora by pressuring him to reconstitute his cabinet, seek a fresh vote of confidence, etc, have all to be traced to that initial frustration of the dominant section of the Janata legislature party being unable to capture leadership of of the JLP.

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