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Eucalyptus Why

August 6, 1983 regional personality of Jammu, which often gave it a communal and chauvi- nist twist. Nevertheless, the BJP and its ances- tors suffered from some inherent handicaps. As a party incapable of ever returning to power in a Muslim majority state,, it could not he taken seriously by the voters. In a region, where Muslims constituted, around 35 per cent and Harijans around 18 per cent of the population, its base was eventually circumscribed to 3 or 4 urban Assembly constituencies out of a total of 32, Further, BJP was left without a popular slogan. As a constituent unit of the Janata Party, it had given up its demand for the abrogation of Article 370 of \he Constitution. It tried abruptly to revive the demand on the eve of elections. But that failed to become a credible election issue.

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