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

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WEST BENGAL-Self-Critical Exercises

by the BJP's intransigence ever since it discovered new possibilities for itself.
The BJP's shifting stance on Punjab is finely tuned to the circumstances that the party finds itself in. In March this year when an amendment of the constitution was required in order to further extend president's rule the party was unwavering in its conviction that Punjab was not ready for elections and delivered patriotic sermons to those pleading for early elections. Immediately after came the civic polls in parts of the state with the party capturing the municipal corporations of the Amritsar and Ludhiana and narrowly losing to the Congress in Jalandhar. Consequently when the chief election commissioner peremptorily notified elections in Punjab, the BJPs protests were considerably diluted.

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