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

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COTTON-Growers Feel the Change

In December, a motion in the Congress of Peoples Deputies questioning the party's monopoly of power was defeated, but only narrowly. Local communist parties have been aligning themselves with the nationalist movements, no doubt because they realise that this is essential if they are to retain any influence. In late December, the Lithuanian Communist Party (LCP) in an extraordinary session declared its independence from the CPSU Two of its aims were stated as the restoration of Lithuanian statehood and the total independence of the party, Gorbachev himself led a high-level central team to dissuade the LCP from so drastic a move. He offered a draft law spelling out the procedure for a republic's secession from the union. The existing provisions in the NEW DELHI'S perception of the cotton situation which has emerged in the wake of the record crop of 115/116 lakh bales and its approach to dealing with it betray an obsessive concern for the growers. In view of the oft-repeated ministerial statements about ensuring growers guaranteed remunerative prices and with the government only too willing to lend a sympathetic ear, the growers' representatives have been indulging in all kind of loose talk

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