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What a Price to Pay

country' s first BJP prime minister has also been, it would seem, the secular parties' finest hour. Never before has there been such complete agreement among so many parties, stretching all the way from the Congress at one end to the CPI(M) at the other. Given this most impressive show of unity and the fact that among them these parties command a very comfortable majority in the Lok Sabha, it should be the simplest of tasks for them to vote the minority Vajpayee government out when the motion of confidence comes up for voting early next week. Why, then, the endless alarums and excursions? Above all, why the desperate anxiety to dance to the Congress Party's tune, to fall at Narasimha Rao's feet (as Deve Gowda was seen by millions of TV-viewers almost to do after his selection as the prime ministerial candidate of the then Third Front now rechristened United Front)?

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