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From 50 Years Ago: Congress Again.

Editorial from Volume XIV, No's 4, 5 & 6, February 1962.

This month, from the 16th to the 25th, the world’s most populous democracy will freely elect back to power the party that has led the people for the last fifty years. India’s third General Elections lack the excitement of uncer-tainty that characterises other free elections in the world. The Congress party, which has wielded power for the last fourteen years, con-trolling 70 per cent of the seats in the Lok Sabha, can safely expect to be returned with an over-whelming majority not necessarily indicating any support for the party’s policy as such but clearly signifying the adoration that the mass-es have for Panditji and also providing further proof of the supreme organisation of the party.

… The Congress is too old at the game to be beaten by political manoeuvres. In the Punjab the Chief Minister has promised that the dis-tricts which contribute most to the Congress success, would be entitled to representation in his next Cabinet – a piece of political band-wagoning more appropriate to the party con-ventions in the USA. In Andhra, in spite of the official view that caste should not be exploited, the party has no hesitation in exploiting com-munal feelings. In fact, Shri S K Patil has openly stated that nominations to the party ticket have been influenced more by communal and caste considerations than by any useful assessment of the ability of the candidates.

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