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

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PUNJAB-Caught in a Trap

Changing Alliances THERE have been, in the immediate past, no discernible crises of the kind for which precedent has reserved the 'national government' formula. Yet after being in office for over six months and just three days after reiterating the stability of his government, V P Singh has made public his willingness to install a national government of all parties ostensibly in order to secure a national consensus on all critical issues. The prime minister's reluctance to press the point after his initial announcement seems to confirm that the entire venture was no more than a response to the more than usually hectic manipulations in the perennially fractious Janata Dal. The ouster of Chautala, Bommai's appointment as interim president of the party, the recall of Jagmohan from Kashmir and his compensatory nomination to the Rajya Sabha to appease the BJP and the peremptory dissolution of George Fer- nandes' cell for reviving the political process in Kashmir have produced repercussions in the party which, while they posed no serious threat to V P Singh, have seriously embarrassed the party and the government.

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