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Goans Keep Goa

ANNUAL NUMBER FEBRUARY 1967 chances of remaining at the helm for a full five-year term would be brighter. However, if the party gets far less than this, it might presage a state of instability at the Centre. It should be borne in mind in this context that the elections are being held at a time when the decline of the Congress has become all too evident. The election verdict can stimulate this trend or temporarily halt it, but cannot provide the basic corrective to it Even more varied is the picture in the States. Election forecasts for them appear to change even faster than those for the Centre. But by now there are a few constants agreed upon by election fortune-tellers. There is, for instance, a consensus now that in Kerala the Left will sweep the Congress out, while in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan the Rightist parties will succeed in making a major break-through if not in winning an absolute majority over the Congress. In Madhya Pradesh the Jan Sangh appears to be poised for a big upswing and in Rajasthan the combination of the Swatantra and the Jan Sangh with assistance from Congress dissidents posed a critical challenge to the Congress. Most of other States fall somewhere between the two extremes represented by Kerala, on the one hand, and Madhya Pradash and Rajasthan, on the other. There are a few where neither the Left nor the Right is strong enough against the Congress, but where the challenge comes from regional parties such as the DMK- led alliance in Madras, which has become a major headache for Kam- araj, and Sant Fateh Singh's Akali group in Punjab, which presents a smaller threat.

Cow-Based Politics

Cow-Based Politics THE PRIME MINISTER may say that the agitation for a ban on cow-slaughter is not an election issue, but S K Patil, a greater realist, obviously thinks otherwise. At a press conference in Bombay on Tuesday, he left no one in any doubt that as a protector of the cow he yielded to none. But before turning to what Patil had to say about the cow, it deserves to be noted that for the first time perhaps Patil has found it necessary to call a press conference to propagate his candidature for the Lok Sabha from the South Bombay constituency which has been considered as his pocket borough. Nor is this the only sign that this time he is taking his election rather seriously indeed. He has set up, for the first time again, ward offices throughout the constituency. But what was most significant were the views he aired at the press conference. They seem to have been entirely aimed at projecting himself as a champion of the cow, a good Hindu and a staunch Maharashtrian

The Revolt that Petered Out

The last act of the drama which started in Bombay with last week's two bandhs and reached a climax with the resignation of three ministers of the Maharashtra Government and of all Congress members of the State Legislature from Bombay, will have been enacted at Nagpur by the time this issue is out. But the events that led to the dramatic resignations and the subsequent developments will, if studied carefully, throw much light on the relations between the Bombay Pradesh Congress Committee and Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee and between the Congress organisation and the Congress Government.
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