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PORT LOUIS-British Austerity Pinches

February 10, 1968 Governor-cum-Speaker constitutional tangle in Bengal is already being more soberly viewed. Presidential rule, to be followed by mid-term elections, is inevitable if the political mess means anything. But the question remains; will Indira Gandhi, who has been proved right once again, take the initiative into her own hands or merely wait until there is no other course left for the Centre? The question is important, for it concerns the future of the Congress party in Bengal and elsewhere. Drift can only damage it beyond repair. The newly found unity of the dados at Hyderabad continues with its own strange logic. Witness the Congress Working Committee's deliberations. But the stirrings within the party ranks are bound to create serious strains. There is a growing impatience with the leaders and their highly personal ambition- enveloped strategems which are destroying what little spirit there is in the party. Even though it looks very doubtful at the moment, Indira Gandhi may yet be given another chance to break the paralysis which surrounds her. Will she seize the opportunity, even though it be shot through with unknown risks, or let it pass? Some decision should be forthcoming before Parliament reassembles full of fury and attack.

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