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

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POLITICS-Strategy-Planning Season

Strategy-Planning Season IT may not be an entirely irrelevant exercise to try to divine the thrusts and directions of the flurry that marks the Indian political stage at the moment. In the strategy-planning season that is now on with the rounds of state assembly elections due within the next 12 months and the Lok Sabha polls less than two years away, political parties have all stepped up their reconnoitcring activities. This involves not only probing the areas of inter-party relations, but also intra-party, even inter-person equations, both inside and outside the respective parties. The disorganised and disintegrating situation in which the main centrist formation, that is, the Janata Dal, finds itself today, has no doubt opened up a wide range of possibilities for ambitious and wily operators. Leaving aside the secondary question of inter- person liaisons, there arc three major areas of exploration engaging the attention of the strategy-planners at the moment. First, the position of the BJP and the position of the other formations and forces vis-a-vis the BJP; second, the state of the Janata Dal and the inclinations of its individual ranking leaders; and, third, the consolidation and articulations of the back ward-dalit combination in different states and regions. These three factors will largely define the parameters of operations of the fragments of the Janta Dal associated with stalwarts like Devi Lai and Chandrashekhar, which will in turn affect the final configuration in one way or another. A crystallisation of these processes will in turn determine the orientation of the regional parties like the TDP, Akalis, AGP and even AIADMK/DMK and also their linkages with the national formations, and thereby influence the overall outcome of the people's verdict.

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