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Congress, has a bettor influence in western UP. The proposal for the alliance, however, does not have the support of the traditionally loyal Congress workers who feel this is like accepting defeat even before the elections as it admits that Congress is incapable of facing the electorate on its own strength. More than 30 years ago, they argue, the Congress had such a pact with the Muslim League for the 1937 general elections and Muslims in the Congress taking this as a reflection on their own representative strength wanted to leave the party. If the Congress-Republican alliance matured now, these Congressmen argue, the Harijans already in the Congress will leave the Congress fold. The difference of opinion in the Congress on this issue has been so strong that the proposal for a formal alliance, at any rate, has been shelved. The originators of the plan, belonging mainly to western UP, are, however, planning to carry out adjustments with the Republicans at the district level. Naturally the entire controversy has caused exceeding embarrassment to the Congress.

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