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undertaking all manner of measures quite explicitly designed to win political support. The answer may well be that the ruling party's electoral calculations are somewhat more complex. Precisely because it is election rime, it may be less enamoured than ever of a programme likely to exert some upward pressure an agricultural wages and some moderating influence on offseason foodgrain prices in village markets, besides perhaps depriving village moneylenders of some of their clientele of half and three- quarters starving farm labourers. This raises another question. Why is it that the opposition parties have not made an issue of the decline of rural employment and demanded that some of the government's 'surplus' food stocks be used to feed the rural poor through a beefed - up NREP with a much larger wage-in-kind component? Is it that these parties' electoral calculations are substantially the same as those of the Congress(I)?

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