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

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Sharad Pawar and former protege and current chief minister Sudhakarrao Naik. Here, however, the health of the Congress organisation is reflected in the elan with which rivalry is played out. The stakes are too high to permit anything other than moderate dissidence. In Tamil Nadu, where the Congress, though a negligible factor in the state legislature, has a substantial electoral base, the antagonism between TNCC(l) president Vazhapadi Ramamurthy, a Jayalalitha acolyte, and K Moopanar has brought the party to a strategic deadend so that it is able to neither support the AIADMK with conviction nor oppose it with sufficient earnestness of purpose.

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