24 January, 2021

End Of The Road?

Pressure builds up on Vajpayee to snap ties with a belligerent Jayalalitha as the numbers game becomes crucial

End Of The Road?
outlookindia.com
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IT may not be a 'quick clean death', but the endgame for the BJP-AIADMK alliance seems to have begun. Despite a deliberate let's-not-rush-into-action attitude adopted by prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, and stray talk of a last-minute compromise, Jayalalitha's incessant attacks continue. From accusing the PMO of corruption to slamming Vajpayee for selling out Tamil Nadu's interests by cutting a deal on Cauvery.

A significant chunk of the BJP leadership and its allies are building up pressure to sack Jayalalitha from the ruling coalition. The North-South "allies" now seem to be waiting for the other to blink first.

As the BJP went into its three-day national executive at Jaipur on August 21, Vajpayee's tactic to stand his ground on the Cauvery pact and allegations of corruption in his office but resist advice to "sack Jayalalitha" drew flak. Despite the official "everything-is-not-over-yet" line mouthed by sundry party leaders at Jaipur. It is an open secret that many in the BJP would prefer a far more...

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