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Public Sector- Back in the Red

 Gandhi announced on April 19 in Aizawl, the capital, during her campaign tour, that her government was ready for resumption of talks provided the MNF agreed to both shed violence and to accept a solution within the constitutional frame-work. Talks had broken down in 1982 mainly over Laldenga's insistence that the then People's Conference Ministry headed by Brigadier Sailo be dismissed, The Conference, which had won the Assembly poll in 1978 and 1979, secured only eight seats in the recent contest. Hence Laldenga's basic grouse no longer exists. Many of the local leaders of the Congress(l), including the new chief minister Lal Thanhawla, were former activists of the MNF. Thanhawla. soon after assuming office, spoke to the local leaders of the Christian church, which plays a prominent role in the region, on the need for ushering in peace. Leaders of the church, who were even earlier working for a settlement between the MNF and the Union government have once again renew their efforts to bring about peace. All these factors seem to have prodded Laldenga into agreeing to Indira Gandhi's pre-conditions for resumption of talks. But Laldenga's own political ambitions could well come up as the next hurdle. In 1982 he had also sought the set-ing up of a council of advisers, headed by the MNF, to administer the state.

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