28 November, 2020

Just Dumb Charades

With The Scion hedging on, and leaders talking in different voices, drift prevails

Jitender Gupta
Just Dumb Charades

Confusion Compounded 

  • The Congress’s return to power in 2009 was seen as validation of the grand old party’s ability to attract allies, but it is increasingly toxic
  • In just last six months, four parties—Trinamool, DMK, Majlis, JVM—have deserted Congress. Ten parties have left UPA since 2004.
  • Even like-minded potential allies like Samajwadi Party are beginning to view the Congress with circumspection, at least in public
  • Confusion over UPA leadership, caused primarily by Rahul Gandhi’s poll record and reluctance for top job, have confounded matters
  • Digvijay Singh’s comments on the failure of “two power centres” is seen as an unspoken bid to undercut rival P. Chidambaram’s emergence as contender
  • Manmohan Singh’s dismissal as “hypothetical” the possibility of a third term as PM could be further proof of Rahul Gandhi’s no-show
  • Janardhan Dwivedi’s reassertion of utility of...


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