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The Political Constitution of India: Party and Government, 1946-1957

An intense contestation between the "ministerialist" and the "parliamentary" wing of the party was a feature of Congress rule following Independence. This contestation started at a time when the Constitution-building processes were already underway. As the Congress Party attempted to transform itself from a movement-oriented organisation into a disciplined political party post-independence, the process coincided with some of its leaders in government attempting to prevent the party from interfering in matters of governing and in the "business of policymaking".

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The Political Constitution of India: Party and Government, 1946-1957

Suhit K Sen

An intense contestation between the “ministerialist” and the “parliamentary” wing of the party was a feature of Congress rule following Independence. This contestation started at a time when the Constitution-building processes were already underway. As the Congress Party attempted to transform itself from a movement-oriented organisation into a disciplined political party post-independence, the process coincided with some of its leaders in government attempting to prevent the party from interfering in matters of governing and in the “business of policymaking”.

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