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Is Sonia Gandhi Losing Grip?
|by Dr. Rajinder Puri|
Rats deserting a sinking ship are an old truism. As the UPA ship of state begins to wobble; are Congress leaders getting ready to jump? An odd sequence of events suggests something is not quite right in the Congress party.
Recall first the background of the curious relationship that existed between the BJP poster boy Mr. Narendra Modi and Congress President Mrs. Sonia Gandhi’s Political Secretary and close confidant, Mr. Ahmed Patel. Mr. Modi and Mr. Patel both belong to Gujarat. However that never provided a satisfactory explanation for the curious cooperation that became evident between them. Mr. Modi never put up a candidate against Mr. Patel but allowed him to be elected uncontested to Rajya Sabha. Later, when the Gujarat government sorely needed the export of cotton Mr. Patel intervened with the Union cabinet and had the ban on cotton exports lifted. These two events did not attract sufficient media attention. Mr. Ahmed Patel handles electronic media for his party.
But there has now occurred an event more difficult to ignore.
That some cross-party moves are afoot is clear enough. What remains unclear and crucially significant is whether Ms. Khan’s move was blessed only by Mr. Ahmed Patel or also by Mrs. Sonia Gandhi. The possibility of Mrs. Gandhi approving this move is too remote for serious consideration. Ms. Khan’s continued praise for Mr. Patel is too obvious to be dismissed. Till now Mr. Patel has not criticized his protégé.
What then are the implications? Is Mr. Ahmed Patel revolting against his boss? If so, is he alone or is this the reflection of growing disenchantment within the Congress? Does Mrs. Sonia Gandhi’s writ still run as powerfully as it did or is she beginning to lose her grip?
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Dinesh Kumar Bohre
10/23/2012 19:33 PM