24 September, 2020

He Is Here To Stay...

The PM seems in a mood to play juggler -- there's been no talk of a resignation letter this time.

He Is Here To Stay...
Call it a mid-life crisis. This March, the BJP-led government completed two-and-a-half years in power. Coincidentally, this is also when Prime Minister A.B. Vajpayee is having to perform the toughest tightrope act of his tenure. Angry at the rebuff suffered on Ayodhya, the VHP's been talking tough. The loss of UP has demoralised the BJP cadre. The hardliners in the party have begun to sharpen their knives demanding that the PM not go back on his commitment to Hindutva. The carnage in Gujarat and the PM's double-speak on Ayodhya has sent warning signals to the allies. For the first time they've sternly warned the PM "not to cross the coalition's lakshman rekha" in trying to appease the Sangh and the BJP hardliners.

However, the PMO says that regardless of the pressures, the PM is not quitting. Says a PMO spokesperson: "Even during the Ayodhya crisis, the media speculated about a possible resignation drama. But no such thing happened. The PM's made it clear that he is here to stay." Vajpayee reiterated this at the parliamentary party meeting on March 19. Addressing BJP MPs, he...


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