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

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is what the Congress is banking on.
In the Congress, the more or less imagined slighting of Rajiv Gandhi by former president R Venkataraman in his recently published memoirs and the sharp and effective reaction of the opposition parties to the ATR have provided the opportunity for elements whose claim to prominence in the party rests on their closeness and loyalty to the Nehru- Gandhi household to disturb the appearance which Narasimha Rao had managed to create briefly of a more or less unified party under his conciliatory and consensus-seeking leadership. The Congress leadership has been able to deal with the problem of Venkataraman's reminiscences by getting one of the party secretaries to publicly dissociate the party from the former president's views on Rajiv Gandhi. The ATR issue is, however, proving a little more difficult to deal with.

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