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

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In a Quagmire

IF the manner of resolution of the parliamentary crisis has leavened Janata Dal politics in state legislatures across the Hindi heartland, the motivation behind it reflects as much the predicament that a substantial part of the centrist formation finds itself in currently. The clumsy contrivance of a realignment within parliament and the nonchalant substitution of a union government by a caricature was effected not through a split in the Janata Dal organisation but through a prior division of its parliamentary party. Consequently the formal delineation of its two factions had perforce to proceed in piecemeal fashion through splits in various state legislatures, a process tempered by the general concern, especially marked in the Congress(I), of averting immediate elections. While the exigencies of immediate survival make the struggle for numbers the main preoccupation of both the Janata Dal and the breakaway Janata Dal(S), the Congress(I)'s tactical goal is to ensure ad hoc govern ments in the hope that internal tensions and some outside interference will weaken both factions.

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