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Tightening the Wrong Screw

the chances are that the Government may just survive till the crop of midterm elections early next year. This is because the central leadership of the Jan Sangh is keen to avoid any serious diversions before the elections in UP, Punjab and Bihar. In Madhya Pradesh itself the party is playing for high stakes, and so, should an election there become unavoidable, it would like to be able to devote all its attention to it The Jan Sangh's anxiety to keep things quiet in MP just now docs strengthen Chief Minister G N Singh's position, but only temporarily and not very much since it is well known that his own group fears an election no less. Actually, in the event of a showdown with the Jan Sangh, G N Singh's only card is the threat of leading his group back to the Congress. But the Congress !is divided over the attitude to be taken towards the defectors and there will be strong opposition to propitiating them with ministerships in a future Congress ministry. In the circumstances, the promise of a few safe tickets by the Jan Sangh and the Rajmata of Gwalior in a mid-term election will suffice to bring about the break-up of G N Singh's group.

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