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comprise five broad segments: (1) the Congress(O); (2) former Congressmen, like Charan Singh and Biju Patnaik and their followers, and sections of the Swatantra Party and the Socialist Party (the BLD); (3) Jan Sangh; (4) Socialist Party; (5) JP's supporters in the Congress like Chan- drasekhar, Mohan Dharia and Krishna Kant, who were expelled during the Emergency and who have joined the Janata Party. The CFD's long-term plan might well be to bring about the disintegration of the Janata Party by operating through the fifth component. It also hopes to draw the Con- gress(O) component and the Congress section of the BLD into its own fold. That would leave the Swatantra and Socialist sections of the BLD, the Jan Sangh, and the Socialist Party out. With a large section of the official Congress presumed to be ready to walk into its fold, the CFD hopefully expects to emerge as the larger of the two Congress parties. Such an eventuality would only mean yet another lease of life for the Congress ideology with the possibility of a new Congress-GPI "connection". Mo- rarji Desai might regard the CPI a Trojan Horse but the CFD does not think so.

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