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Centre-State Relations-A Pre-Election Reckoning

Centre-State Relations A Pre-Election Reckoning T V Sathyamurthy EVENTS on the Centre-State relations front since June 1984 acquired an inverted, if not perverted dynamism. Politics by default seems at last to have been supplanted by politics through acts of commission. The final denouement in the Centre's approach to the Punjab question in the form of a military solution, started on June 6, has been followed in July by the dismissal of Farooq Abdullah's National Conference administration in the State of Jam- mu and Kashmir and in August by the dismissal of the Telugu Desam government led by N T Rama Rao in Andhra Pradesh followed by their replacement by Congress(I) supported governments led by dissident factions of the ruling parties of both states. At this rate, the fall of the West Bengal and Tripura governments as well as the Karnataka government must be assumed to be imminent. Viewed in the light of the forthcoming general elections and in the perspective of the Indira Gandhi government of 1980-84 as a whole, these events are bound to acquire a significance far beyond the immediate repercussions that they have evoked in different parts of the country and the different sections of the entire political opposition ranged against the Central ruling party.

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