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Cow-Based Politics

Cow-Based Politics THE PRIME MINISTER may say that the agitation for a ban on cow-slaughter is not an election issue, but S K Patil, a greater realist, obviously thinks otherwise. At a press conference in Bombay on Tuesday, he left no one in any doubt that as a protector of the cow he yielded to none. But before turning to what Patil had to say about the cow, it deserves to be noted that for the first time perhaps Patil has found it necessary to call a press conference to propagate his candidature for the Lok Sabha from the South Bombay constituency which has been considered as his pocket borough. Nor is this the only sign that this time he is taking his election rather seriously indeed. He has set up, for the first time again, ward offices throughout the constituency. But what was most significant were the views he aired at the press conference. They seem to have been entirely aimed at projecting himself as a champion of the cow, a good Hindu and a staunch Maharashtrian

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