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The Revolt that Petered Out

The last act of the drama which started in Bombay with last week's two bandhs and reached a climax with the resignation of three ministers of the Maharashtra Government and of all Congress members of the State Legislature from Bombay, will have been enacted at Nagpur by the time this issue is out. But the events that led to the dramatic resignations and the subsequent developments will, if studied carefully, throw much light on the relations between the Bombay Pradesh Congress Committee and Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee and between the Congress organisation and the Congress Government.

The last act of the drama which started in Bombay with last week's two bandhs and reached a climax with the resignation of three ministers of the Maharashtra Government and of all Congress members of the State Legislature from Bombay, will have been enacted at Nagpur by the time this issue is out. But the events that led to the dramatic resignations and the subsequent developments will, if studied carefully, throw much light on the relations between the Bombay Pradesh Congress Committee and Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee and between the Congress organisation and the Congress Government.

Maharashtra is the only State in the country where there are two Pradesh Congress Committees, viz the M P C C and the B P C C. This anomaly has been retained after the reorganisation of States as a mark of the special .status to the Bombay city Congress. The opposition of the Bombay Congress to the demand of the Marathispeaking people for the inclusion of Bombay in Maharashtra alienated it completely from the Marathi speaking people. Thus the Bombay Congress is regarded with suspicion in entire west Maharashtra. The common man further suspects Bombay Pradesh Congress Commitee of being antipathic to progressive peoples movements and unsympathetic to people's grievances and demands.

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