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    Direction: In the following passage, there are blanks each of which has been numbered. These numbers correspond to the question numbers; against each question, five words have been suggested, one of which fills the blanks appropriately. 

    The events and happenings in the two constituencies differed in degree, and not in type, from what occurred elsewhere in the State. As reports from different parts of Tamil Nadu suggested, there were few constitutencies if any, that were totally free of the (101), influence of money and other inducements. Therefore, the EC’s action in these two constituencies may be (102) as one that did little but carried symbolic weight. A Commission with better resources and more manpower on the ground for the entire State — not to mention much greater courage — may have considered (103) of the entire Assembly election. But such a drastic course of action would have had serious ramifications for the democratic process. Even so, it must be granted that the EC went well beyond merely delivering a mild (104) to the parties. Its detailed order clearly recorded its displeasure with Tamil Nadu Governor K. Rosaiah, who broke both convention and propriety by asking that the polls be held before June 1, or in time for the Rajya Sabha election. In doing so, the EC underlined its independence and authority and signalled that it would not be (105) down by political pressure. In taking on the Governor for his overreach and refusing to quietly acquiesce in this matter, the EC deserves to be commended.
    Find out the appropriate word/phrase in each case.

    Options :-

    1. construed
    2. confound
    3. palpable
    4. addled

    5. bilked
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