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G-7 SUMMIT-Fire Fighting

the cake. After the JD initiative in formulating poll strategy, there seems to be two distinct patterns of alignment emerging across the nation. First is the attempt made by the 'national' parties like the Congress, the BJP, to forge alliances with the regional parties in various states in case a hung parliament eventualises. The other is the one chalked out by the NF to form a front of various regionally dominant parties. It seems that the latter strategy can prove to be more friction-ridden, if some rigour is not maintained in the selection of the allies. Also, unlike 1989 when V P Singh symbolised the anli-Bofors forces targeting the centre, the leadership post in the present- day JD lies vacant. The party is like a torso without a head. That its regional chiefs, under the influence of various pulls, have not been able to give a cohesiveness to the that the Bangalore meet has conveyed to the people.

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