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Bad Habits Persist

Bad Habits Persist Romesh Thapar WHO thinks of the country? The Janata Party, alleged to be a single entity, has taken only a few victorious hours to express itself privately in terms of the respective strengths of its constituents; indeed, Charan Singh talked of "his" BLD followers and the Jan Sangh spoke of its "members" when pushing JP and Kripalani to declare a "consensus" behind Morarji Desai. The CFD, which literally surrendered its undoubted strength in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar in the interests of unity with the over-ambitious ticket-giver Charan Singh, found itself talking of a democratic procedure which, alas, only the Socialists and Young Turks understood and appreciated. While this familiar political business was on

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