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Portents for Communal Politics

P R Ram THE results of the recent parliamentary elections have given a verdict in which no single party has an absolute majority neilher has any pre-electoral alliance any clear majority and the post-election coalitions are trying to be forged to get a majority. In this gameof forging coalitions BJP is frantically trying to woo all and sundry, irrespective of ideological differences, the same game is being played by the Congress though at a less aggressive level. It is more or less certain that it will be the BJP which will be leading the coalition at the centre, In this context a large section of progressives have opined that it will better 'If BJP is given the chance to form a government'. This contribution is an attempt to evaluate this stance. BJP's march to increasing its strength has slowed down at a particular leve. In the present elections their number has gone up by 15 or so seats. But its earlier leaps, from 2 to 89, from 89 to 161 seem to be arrested in this election. In 1996 when it was the single largest party and was invited to form the government, even without introspecting whether it is capable of forming one, even without negotiating with other probable coalition partners, it shamelessly took a plunge to grab power just to realise in 13 days that none of the parties would be offering it support. It could have very well accepted defeat with humility. But activating the doublespeak machine it accused all other parties of ganging up to prevent the 'morally justifiable single largest party to rule'. This totally unconstitutional stance enhanced with Goebellsian vjgour to an extent that even in this interregnum, before the formation of a new government, a large number of progressives felt morally intimidated by the propaganda of the BJP to say that let them form the government.

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