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|by Dr. Rajinder Puri|
Congress circles alerted a section of the media that Mrs. Sonia Gandhi would be “aggressive” after Mr. LK Advani made a faux pas in parliament one day before it actually happened. Either the Congress leaders were stupendous astrologers or the drama in parliament was pre-planned. Satisfied that a section of the media had indeed been alerted beforehand, I am of course convinced that the drama in parliament was stage managed. Watching the proceedings on TV reinforced my view.
However, thespian thoughts apart, what did the soap opera enacted in parliament signify? The first tentative dance steps of the tango between Mr. Advani and Mrs. Gandhi have been taken, but what will follow?
Mr. Advani’s blog created controversy and invited fierce criticism. He was accused of demoralizing his own party before the election. I do believe that Mr. Advani has been misunderstood. He was not demoralizing his own party but warning the Congress. He was saying that if the present drift continues both national parties would be marginalized to plunge the nation into chaos. And it would appear that he said this with the tacit approval of not only Mrs. Sonia Gandhi but also the big business corporate lobby that desperately seeks more decisive governance in order to pull the economy out of stagnation.
A Congress-BJP alliance makes political sense.
If a Congress-BJP alliance were to emerge there would be of course considerable resentment in sections of the Sangh Parivar as well as among the regional parties both of the NDA and the UPA. One suspects that some inkling of this move has spread among politicians. Note the sudden clarification provided by Mr. Nitish Kumar. He has said that while he opposes Mr. Narendra Modi’s candidature as Prime Minister he will not be an aspirant himself. He further stressed that only a BJP leader should be the Prime Minister of an NDA government. He said that he had an individual in mind but he would not disclose his name. It would not surprise if the RSS had shared some thoughts with him.
However, if the Congress-BJP alliance were to emerge at this critical time it would be the best thing for the nation. A Congress-BJP alliance would create a bad government. That would considerably improve the present situation in which we have no government. Most important, once the space for an alternative occupied by a phony opposition party like the BJP is vacated, a genuine alternative might emerge to fill the vacuum.
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