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

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JANATA MERGER-Non-Event to Note

the Ram mandir in Ayodhya, it was to be the problems of apple growers in Himachal Pradesh and irrigation water in Rajasthan. But these cannot obviously become major issues, especially because it would mean drawing attention to the party's past performance in government, which is not considered to be advisable: Party leaders are of the optnion that the less said about past performance the better, except in the case of Uttar Pradesh. It is, in fact, here that the janadesh-yatra has evoked the greatest response, mainly because of ex-chief minister Kalyan Singh who is being projected as a martyr to the cause of Ayodhya. More importantly, Kalyan Singh is also expected to facilitate the BJP's attempts to capture backward class support and play down its image of an upper caste party. This will also undercut the Janata Dai's one vital plank, the Mandal issue. The yatras have also shown that many local leaders

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