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

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NAGALAND-Rampant Corruption

Comical Collections ON the day V P Singh's confidence motion was put to vote the Janata Dal(S) had 55 members in the Lok Sabha. When the house reposed faith in the Janata Dal(S) government the strength of the party had gone up to 61. The mysterious rise in the party strength can only be one among the compulsions that shaped the union ministry. Most of the 34 ministers are non-entities, a majority are from the north Indian states, two are associated directly in murder cases and one was zealous in defence of a retrograde social practice that amounts to murder and all except one belong to a party that is allegedly defined by its suffix. Eastwards the ministry goes no further than West Bengal which is represented by a member who will find it difficult to be elected to the Lok Sabha from the state. Similarly its southern most representation consists in all of a junior minister from Karnataka and one from Tamil Nadu who .does not represent his state. Moreover by itself the size of the ministry may provide little reason for criticism but the fact that it constitutes more than 50 per cent of the ruling party's strength in the Lok Sabha will imply that loyalty to Chandra Shekhar during the confidence vote was no't entirely gratuitous.

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