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

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Outside Help ALL is apparently well in the higher echelons of the Congress. The power struggle is being conducted with due circumspection. Pushed on the defensive by the mileage that the prime minister managed to extract from the recent developments, Arjun Singh has had to turn to new devices to retain his status as a locus of power in party. No sooner had the VHP agreed to postpone construction at Ayodhya, Arjun Singh made a veiled attack on the manner in which the situation had been dealt with at a meeting of the Congress parliamentary party, In the same vein came a letter to Narasimha Rao crony and AICC member Jitendra Prasad which was simultaneously released to some 3,000 partymen. Perhaps the human resource development minister was less interested in a showdown with the prime minister than in preparing the ground for future conflict and gauging the balance of forces within the party.

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