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

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Election Pains IT is not only with regard to the new economic policy that Congress party members have been nonchalantly ignoring the party high command's plea for consensus. The election of the office bearers of the Pradesh Congress units has given a new intensity to the tension intrinsic to this level of the party and which has been the essence of the high command's scheme of control of its state level leaders. In Bihar the struggle is between Jagannath Mishra who has a stranglehold on the state party machinery and is therefore insisting on secret ballot and the rival group headed by Sitaram Kesri and including Bhagwat Jha Azad, Nagendra Jha, Sid- deshwar Prasad and Satyendra Narain Sinha who, because of their lack of organisational base,have been calling for a choice by consensus. As a consequence the election has been postponed thrice and things have strayed so far from consensus that firearms have had to be deployed in the inner party struggles, a state of affairs that occasions no surprise in Bihar.

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