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Game of Elections

and the rural rich, which is increasingly coming into the open. Given mass poverty and the growing reliance on chemical inputs which has raised the costs of cultivation, government price support at rising levels of support prices has become an accepted means for the larger farmers to sustain their profits. The result is the rising food subsidy paid out of the government budget every year. The industrial sector too has to be subsidised and for the same reason. And so the government now hands over more than Rs 1,500 crores annually to industrialists, businessmen and rich agriculturists in the form of the food subsidy, the fertiliser subsidy and the THE great game of elections is once again on. Fresh elections to the Lok Sabha are to be held "before the end of December", and it is possible that some states too might go to the polls. 1977 was an election year when the unbroken rule of the Congress party was broken and a different, though basically not dissimilar, alliance replaced the Congress at the Centre; that phenomenon was repeated later in the year in the northern states and in the following year in much of the rest of the country. Now, another year and a half later, the nation is once again being asked to elect a new Lok Sabha.

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