26 February, 2021

Next Stop, Mandal?

Kalyan leaves Ayodhya and doesn’t even leave his slippers behind

Next Stop, Mandal?

PRODIGAL children have often been known to create history. And it’s former UP chief minister Kalyan Singh, who seems to have been chosen to re-affirm this almost original truth in our times. Though his alma mater, the BJP,  would have everyone believe that its decision to expel Kalyan would relegate him to the margins of history, that, unfortunately (for the saffron outfit) may not quite be the case.

In fact, the decision has placed Kalyan in a position where he is free to wreak damage on the party he had nurtured in Uttar Pradesh. His tactical about-turn which consists of the former CM abandoning the Ayodhya issue— days after he had used the site in a symbolic snub to pro-claim rebellion against the BJP— indicates that he is hell-bent on giving the saff ron party a difficult time. The only problem is that once out of the party, he stands isolated.

However, when the letter of expulsion reached him on December 9, Kalyan Singh was typically blunt: "The BJP has signed its own suicide note by expelling me."...

More from Sutapa Mukerjee

Latest Magazine

March 01, 2021

other articles from the issue

articles from the previous issue

Other magazine section