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LUCKNOW- The Retrograde Alliance

December 19, 1970 LUCKNOW The Retrograde Alliance THE Congress (O)'s decision at the Lucknow meeting of its All-India Committee to plump for a revised version of the Grand Alliance may turn out to be a turning point m Indian politics. The UP Congress (O) leaders may well take pride in giving the lead' to the country by reversing the progressive traditions of the State's policies. It was in Lucknow that Jawaharlal Nerhu had, in his presidential address to the 1936 Session of the Indian National Congress, advocated socialism aod pleaded for the affiliation of workers' and peasants' organisations to the Congress. The Congress (O) leaders have given his name to the venue of the recent AICC meeting from where they have tried to turn back the wheel of Congress history. The resolve to form a Grand Alliance, under the cover of electoral adjustments, with the Jan Sangh and Swatuntra has not surprised anybody. Even before the session met, the colours of the buntings and the gates with conches and swastikas were indicators of the nature of the political decision. The proceedings started with the slogan 'Remove Poverty' and ended with the slogan 'Remove Indira'. The journey from the one to the other was premeditated and was marked by much hysteria.

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