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Tamil Nadu-The Familiar Gap

the Congress will be tarnished if it now joins the Government. Since behind the differences on the question of the Congress joining the Government are diametrically opposite positions on the party's political strategy and a struggle for power within the party, nothing has been really settled by the supposedly 'unanimous' resolution of the joint meeting of the KPCC and the legislature party. The KPCC leaders will push ahead with their efforts to discredit the Government and work for fresh elections to the Assembly. They have simultaneously declared their resolve to carry on an inner-party struggle against 'reactionaries and power-mongers'. Not only the Achuta Menon Government's but the CPI's future depends on the outcome of this Congress faction fight. If the KPCC wing prevails and there is an election to the Assembly in 1972 or, as is very probable, even earlier, the CPI will be crushed between the Congress and the CPI(M). The CPI(M) has started getting ready to exploit this possibility. Thus the CPI(M) leaders' recent conciliatory overtures to the CPI are really directed at the CPI's rank and file whom the CPI(M) would want to attract to itself in the event of the CPI's political collapse.

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