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

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Shaky Outcome

Shaky Outcome THE elections to the tenth Lok Sabha have, more or less as expected, yielded a Congress(I) government in New Delhi, but one without a clear majority in the lower house of parliament. What is more, but tor Rajiv Gandhi's assassination midway through the elections, the Congress(I) would have ended up with some 60 fewer seats than it has now secured, or some 30 odd seats below even its dismal 1989 tally. This is a matter of some significance, for it confirms that the Congress(l) under Rajiv Gandhi's leadership had failed to arrest its political decline, despite the splintering of the anti-Congress electoral alliance forged for the 1989 elections and the unprepossessing record in office of the short-lived National Front government and its Samajwadi Janata Dal successor. The quick fall of these non- Congress governments and alt the attendant political confusion and chaos notwithstanding, the Congress(I)'s principal electoral plank of being the only party capable of bringing back political stability cut little ice with the voters, taking the country as a whole. In other words, there was to be no repetition of the party's triumphant sweep back to power of 1979 after the two-year Janata Party interregnum; even under the continued tutelage of the Nehru family, the days of the Congress(I)'s dominance of the country's politics were very definitely over.

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