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Bharatiya Congress Alliance Needed!
|by Dr. Rajinder Puri|
Leading the Indian delegation to the United Nations Mr. LK Advani addressed the august assembly. Appointing an opposition leader as head of the delegation was a departure from tradition. Normally the Foreign Minister of the day leads such delegations. Once earlier, late Narasimha Rao had appointed opposition leader Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee as head of such a delegation. As former Foreign Minister Mr. Vajpayee’s appointment could be rationalized.
Even as the Prime Minister deplores negativity while struggling to revive a critically failing economy, the speculation about a mid-term poll mounts. Miss Mamata Banerjee, Mr. Mulayam Singh Yadav, Mr. Sharad Pawar and Miss Mayawati have all predicted a mid-term poll. Normally an election to clarify a confused political situation is welcome. But is there any guarantee that a mid-term poll in the prevailing circumstances will not further confuse the situation instead of clarifying it? Is there sufficient clarity about alignments and agendas to offer promise of cohesion after the election? Clearly there is not. It would therefore be desirable if the government could restore cohesion and sense of direction before its term of office expires. Question is, how? There is only one obvious way which had been advocated earlier in these columns.
After Mr. Advani uncharacteristically apologized to Mrs. Sonia Gandhi for his party colleagues accusing her of holding a foreign bank account it was iterated in these columns that the process should be taken to its logical end by creating a Congress-BJP alliance to govern the country till the next election. On August 9, 2012 it was written:
Well, Mr. Advani’s high praise for MGNREGS at the UN is the third half step taken towards cooperation. Is it not time to bite the bullet? A Congress Bharatiya Alliance would be welcomed by the public. It would be good for national politics.
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