26 October, 2020

Hand-In-Hand... If Not Hand-In-Glove

When it comes to personal favours, rival politicos have a ‘mutual understanding’

Narendra Modi and Mulayam Singh Yadav share a ‘personal’ moment
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Hand-In-Hand... If Not Hand-In-Glove
  • The Attempt: Shivpal Yadav’s son-in-law IAS Ajay Yadav’s request for a deputation to UP was turned down thrice by the DOPT
  • The Call: When all attempts failed, Mulayam Singh Yadav is said to have made a  call to PM Modi regarding the issue
  • The Diktat: Ajay Yadav’s request was ­treated “as a special case” and approved by the ACC, under the PMO’s ­directive 


Ideologically, the BJP and the Samajwadi Party (SP) might appear to be antithetical, but on several occasions, they seem to be complementing each other’s interests—be it in playing a politics of polarisation that serves both electorally or on more ­personal fronts.

Whenever the BJP has risen to power, the SP has thrived. And just as the Sangh’s rabble-rousers raise heat and dust in the name of Hindutva, the SP finds it convenient to consolidate its Muslim vote bank. Sure enough, SP supremo Mulayam...



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