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

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THE ECONOMY-Distorted Outlook

of 54 rebel candidates registered victories. The disillusionment with the Congress government was exploited to the full by the B JP-SS combine. It is said that the combine won 35 per cent of the votes, a notable improvement over its previous tally of 26 per cent. Manohar Joshi has been made the chief minister keeping in mind his business contacts and it is possible that Maharashtra may see for the first time a predominantly non-Maratha cabinet governing the state. Sensing the importance of its victory, the BJP-SS combine is all set to demonstrate that a non-Congress government can rule the state for the full term of five years. Yet, given the differing views held by BJP and Shiv Sena on major issues like statehood for Vidarbha and renaming of Marathawada University and also given the uncompromising style of functioning of Shiv Sena leader Bal Thackeray, it will be a tightrope walk for the coalition government.

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