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

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Enough of This Planning

confrontation (as has been the fate of the SSP). The paper on party support profiles published m this issue shows that the fragmentation of the left is also reflected in the fact that the parties of the left cut into each others' social bases, whereas the rightist parties are found to supplement each other in terms of the electoral strata that they mobilise. To this has now been added a regional angle: whereas the politics of the rival united fronts in West Bengal and Kerala and the conflicts in Tamil Nadu have further confounded the confusion on the left, the parties in the rightist alliance have found it relatively easy to parcel out the regions of their respective strength. The basic polarisation that emerges, therefore, is not strictly left-right but between the Congress led by Indira Gandhi and the four-party alliance.

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