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

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OPEC-Not Collapsing Yet.

February 5, 1983 MLAs und 4 MPs of the Akali Dal, and which are supposed to be forwarded to the relevant authorities on February 21 if by then a settlement is not reached, is perhaps the last chance that the 'moderates' in the Akali Dal have to arrive at some settlement with the Centre, But the problem is that the moderates too have only agreed to put off (to a very near future) the date of resignations but have not moderated their demands one bit to facilitate a settlement In this connection it should be noted that the decision on January 16 to ask SCPC members too to submit their resignations, seen as the handiwork of the moderates in Akali Dal to settle scores with Tohra, may actually come in handy for Tohra and his allies to defeat any settlement not to their liking by compelling the legislative wing of Akali Dal to emulate their action and resign. Indeed, at a rally at Ludhiana on January 23 Tohra openly said that the Akalis would not sit in the assembly under the present constitution. Further, even while the Akali leaders were discussing their participation in tripartite talks and the constitution of their team Bhindranwale was telling a gathering at Amritsar that any settlement arrived at had to be finalised at the golden temple Sikh 'sangat'

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