ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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UTTAR PRADESH- Crisis of Stagnation

UTTAR PRADESH Crisis of Stagnation R P Mullick AGAINST the general appearance of countrywide crisis which has engulfed India's ruling class, that of its offshoot wielding power in UP would look like an exercise of swimmers in a stagnant pool afraid to reach out to the middle. The ruling combine of Janata (S), CFD and 'Socialist' elements is in the throes of an internal crisis. Its leadership cannot, for obvious reasons, continue ignoring the insistent, though insidious approaches from the Centre aimed at influencing Banarasi Das and his colleagues, to modify their present stand, against dissolution of the state assembly, and to agree to having simultaneous elections for this body along with the elections to the Lok Sabha. It is a ticklish dilemma though, presented by the challenge of caste-oriented politics, of Jati interests getting intertwined with the kulak-farmers' on the one hand, and that of the sugar lobby overlapping the bureaucrattsed public sector on the other.

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