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Politics : Different Agenda

the prospect of aspects of the Constitution having a bearing POLITICS on the federal polity and centre-state relations coming under Different Agenda As the public debate on the NDA government

As the public debate on the NDA government's resolve to     appoint a commission to review the Constitution has gathered momentum, it has become evident that the BJP's 'hidden agenda' in pushing the measure through is somewhat different from what the party's critics have been suggesting. The move needs to be seen as part of the party's strategy to propel itself into the political mainstream in the country. Central to the strategy was, of course, the decision to form and lead a broad-based coalition of political parties, including especially some of the more prominent regional or state parties – most of them as far removed from the 'hindutva' ideology as it was possible to imagine. Clearly, there was much more to this than electoral calculations of capturing a majority in the Lok Sabha.

The effectiveness of the strategy has been amply demonstrated by recent political developments. Even on so sensitive and divisive an issue as the participation of government employees in RSS activities, raised by the Gujarat government's decision to lift the ban on such participation, it has not been possible for the Congress and the left parties to isolate the BJP. The political alliances forged by the party in the NDA have held firm, murmurs of unease notwithstanding.

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