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Consensus, Janata Style

Consensus, Janata Style Romesh Thapar THE word 'consensus' is being bandied about. And by whom ?, The Jan Sangh/RSS. We've had our first exercise in the Janaka party on institutional elections. Morarji Desai, and a majority of the executive of the Janata Parliamentary Party (JPP) members, were originally for straight voting in the parliamentary party elections. This would have led to a further weakening in BLD representation, and could have sparked the kind of discontent Charan Singh has failed to kindle. The consensus-makers of the Jan Sigh/RSS were joined by the Social- ists and the BLD (if one can still speak of them as a group after what Charan Singh has done to them). The triumph of the consensus-makers will have wide repercussions on contests for party committees and leading organs. The postponement of the election process is unhealthy. The party should have explained the need for time to work out consensus techniques.

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