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Governor, Chief Minister and Coalitions

October 17, 1970 rence must be made to the latest discussion on land reforms, occasioned by the Chief Ministers' conference and deliberations in the Congress(R) Working Committee. For, it is probably no accident that while most metropolitan newspapers urged further reforms and the speeding up of accepted ones, the provincial papers generally advised restraint! "Why this hurry?" asked Indian Nation. "The Centre has practically no stake in the matter. But the Chief Ministers, at least those among them who are far-sighted, know that the brunt of any ill-conceived measure on land will fall on them." Deccan Chronicle similarly said that "the Chief Ministers have quite rightly spoken against arbitrary and uniform downward revision of land ceilings... Far from bringing prosperity all round, it will only accentuate the disparity in wealth." Amrita Bazar Patrika, on the other hand, asked how it was that "the Congress High Command was unable to exert sufficient pressure even on the Congress Chief Ministers, who were among the most vocal opponents of lower land ceilings?... The Chief Ministers apparently did not show the expected sense of urgency even though it [land reform] is admittedly one of the most pressing problems before the country now".

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