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MAHARASHTRA-Status Quo, with a Difference

MAHARASHTRA Status Quo, with a Difference Y D Phadke THE election campaign in Maharashtra has been hectic and punctuated this time by a relatively greater number of stone-throwing incidents, violent clashes between parties, and disruptions of processions or meetings. In Bombay and Poona, such clashes were mostly between the Shiv Sena and the Ian Sangh; while in the rural areas and in the smaller towns, it was Congress(R) that was largely responsible for such intimidation as took place. Significantly, the election speeches generally gave out more heat than light; speakers discussed personalities and rarely dwelt on the programmes of the political parties. Even the Press did not escape intimidation. Shiv Sena leaders publicly advocated boycott of the Marathi dailies, Navakal, Navshakti and Kesari, which they deemed hostile to the Sena. Known for the last 40- odd years for its opposition to the Congress in Maharashtra, Kesari this time has been supporting Congress(R). Its office in Poona was attacked and one of its correspondents severely beaten up.


Multiple Game Y D Phadke MAHARASHTRA has been a bulwark of Congress(R) and It is likely to remain so after the mid-term poll even allowing for the possibility of MPCC losing a few marginal seats. MPCC's dominant position is largely the result of its success in identifying itself with the 'caste-cluster' known as the Mara- thas and especially with the rich peasantry which dominates the rural areas through the affluent co-operatives. In fact, confident of MPCC's commanding position in the State, its leaders were inclined to favour a simultaneous poll for the Assembly, and it was reluctantly that they agreed to toe the line of the Prime Minister who wished to avoid confusing national issues with local and regional ones.
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