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Lively Performance

September 6, 1969 felt impelled to cogitate on its own role in the light of the power struggle in the Congress. The various parties' interpretation of this struggle as well as the conclusions they have drawn from it have of course differed. There are the parties which are proceeding on the assumption that the split in the Congress, though not formal yet, is nevertheless real and see their future role mainly in aligning themselves with the one or the other of the Congress phalanxes. To this category belong Swatantra and Jan Sangh on the one side, and CPI on the other. To Swatantra and Jan Sangh the split in the Congress is between nationalist-democratic elements and those who are either pseudo-communist or are bound to play into the hands of the communists. Jan Sangh's conception of its role is to strengthen the faction in the Congress which, in its view, belongs to "the Tilak and Patel tradition". For this it is necessary not to stress too much the ideological dichotomy between Right and Left and particularly to ensure that the Jan Sangh is not identified as a party of the Right.

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