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This 'Ticketeering' Phase

We hear a great deal these days about our glorious past — and our bright future. But what of the ghastly present!' This pungent statement by a once prominent member of the Establishment on the conclusion of the recent session of Parliament has more relevance than one would at first surmise. The ruling party appears much bruised and battered to anyone who bothers to read the newspapers. Indeed, the punishment seems to have created the feeling that, notwithstanding the Congress's mechanical majority the attack of the Opposition will be even more forcefully pressed home in November during the 'lame duck session'.

We hear a great deal these days about our glorious past — and our bright future. But what of the ghastly present!' This pungent statement by a once prominent member of the Establishment on the conclusion of the recent session of Parliament has more relevance than one would at first surmise. The ruling party appears much bruised and battered to anyone who bothers to read the newspapers. Indeed, the punishment seems to have created the feeling that, notwithstanding the Congress's mechanical majority the attack of the Opposition will be even more forcefully pressed home in November during the 'lame duck session'.

There are solid reasons for this speculation. MPs recall that the deterioration in parliamentary decorum and the fumblings of the ruling party were noticeable during the budget session early this year. At that time, the more thoughtful of Congressmen had urged that the functioning of the ruling party, neglected since the fateful year of 1982, needed urgent attention. The fear was expressed that election tactics would dictate Opposition postures and it was emphasised that proper procedures should be worked out to cope with the increasing disarray of the Government benches.No one really expected the kind of assault that was mounted during the recent session, but there were enough hints that the Opposition would take the offensive.

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