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Goans Keep Goa

ANNUAL NUMBER FEBRUARY 1967 chances of remaining at the helm for a full five-year term would be brighter. However, if the party gets far less than this, it might presage a state of instability at the Centre. It should be borne in mind in this context that the elections are being held at a time when the decline of the Congress has become all too evident. The election verdict can stimulate this trend or temporarily halt it, but cannot provide the basic corrective to it Even more varied is the picture in the States. Election forecasts for them appear to change even faster than those for the Centre. But by now there are a few constants agreed upon by election fortune-tellers. There is, for instance, a consensus now that in Kerala the Left will sweep the Congress out, while in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan the Rightist parties will succeed in making a major break-through if not in winning an absolute majority over the Congress. In Madhya Pradesh the Jan Sangh appears to be poised for a big upswing and in Rajasthan the combination of the Swatantra and the Jan Sangh with assistance from Congress dissidents posed a critical challenge to the Congress. Most of other States fall somewhere between the two extremes represented by Kerala, on the one hand, and Madhya Pradash and Rajasthan, on the other. There are a few where neither the Left nor the Right is strong enough against the Congress, but where the challenge comes from regional parties such as the DMK- led alliance in Madras, which has become a major headache for Kam- araj, and Sant Fateh Singh's Akali group in Punjab, which presents a smaller threat.

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