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WEST BENGAL-Double Standards on Human Rights

provisions can be abused in any set of circumstances where one-third the strength of a legislature party revolts, provided one works out the arithmetic carefully. Consider, for instance, a situation where a legislature has 100 members, with the ruling party having a strength of 60 and a united opposition having a strength of 40. Clearly, a situation where a united and determined opposition with a little help from the dissidents in the ruling party can seize the initiative. Twenty-one ruling party legislators, a clear one-third and more of the strength of the ruling party in the house, walk over. As soon as the leader of the house gets scent of what is brewing (these things cannot be kept a secret) he secures the expulsion of nine of these about-to-revolt legislators, reducing the strength of his legislature party to 51, and further reducing the strength of the dissidents to 12. As clearly as 21 is one- third of sixty, 12 is less than one-third of 51. The dissidents can now neither revolt

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