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The Economy-Saying without Growth

Jullundur on September 18, that one way out of the impasse in which the opposition parties find themselves in Punjab would be for the Akali Dal to call off its present agitation and to launch a fresh one together with other opposition parties over secular issues and demands. The Akali leadership, even if ft sees the wisdom of such a course of ac- tion, is in no position to adopt it in view of the pressure it is already under from extremist elements. The BJP is likely to remain preoccupied with preventing further erosion of Hindu support to the Congress(l). However, the other parties, and particularly the leftist parties, have to extricate them- selves from the bind of the current Akali agitation and the framework of Akali Dal-BJP-Congress(I) communal politics and to turn to politics with a somewhat larger place in it for the poor and the exploited (who have not ceased to be there in the land of the 'green revolution'). To do this, they would also have to look somewhat beyond the compulsions of vote- gathering for the next election.

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