Can Vishwanath Pratap Singh and the Jan Morcha have a second coming? The creator of Mandal has issued a call in Uttar Pradesh seeking support for the Jan Morcha that’s emerged from
his Kisan Manch. With V.P. Singh as its patron, and filmstar-MP-cum-SP-rebel Raj Babbar as its public face, the question now is: can the Jan Morcha chip away a section of votes in the UP polls slated for February 2007? V.P. Singh told
Outlook: "A purely political front, the Jan Morcha will raise issues of that section which has remained unattended. Then there will be focus on law and order and problems of farmers, weavers and youth. The state government is snatching away farmers’ land in a big way. See what is happening in the Dadri power project, high-tech cities project, the Lucknow-Kanpur corridor."
Clearly, Singh still sees himself as a man with a mission. But the real attempt of the Babbar-Singh duo is to get a section of the Muslim votes. Indeed, the emergence of the Jan Morcha comes at a time when some clerics have floated a so-called...