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

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MAHARASHTRA- A Way of Political Life

a substantial presence in the area known for its liberal ethos, Mulayam Singh's attempt seems to be to let the issue drag on and acquire the dimensions of a caste war in the plains which then could work to his advantage. With this in mind he, along with the BSP, has called for a pro-reservation bandh on September 13. Through such moves the chief minister is hoping to regain the ground he has lost in recent months. After the Rashid Masood episode in June-July the chief minister's popularity has suffered due to the continuing row with the BSP. The possibilities presented by defections from other parties have also been more or less exhausted. The latest in such defections was the crossing over of the CPI MLA, following which the CPI withdrew its support to the government. The party also published a lengthy letter accusing Mulayam Singh of violating democratic norms and going back on his political commitments.

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