18 January, 2021

Open Season For Poachers

Emerging realignments may involve heavy duty wooing of Laloo

Open Season For Poachers
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POACHING on Members of Parliament is an informally accepted fact of political life. Particularly in a situation as tight as the current Lok Sabha—split down the middle, with treasury and Opposition benches almost on par. But in Bihar, last fortnight, the numbers game seemed to take off in earnest, with an all-too-new twist.

The first signs of strange goings-on began with the visit of Rajasthan chief minister and BJP's troubleshooter Bhairon Singh Shekhawat to Patna, ostensibly to celebrate the ongoing birth centenary celebrations of the state's renowned freedom fighter Babu Kuer Singh. Quizzed by reporters on what should be done in Bihar, now that a BJP government was at the Centre, Shekhawat replied that the Rabri Devi government should not be dismissed—the only state that deserved Article 356 was Tamil Nadu.

Was the state waking up to a new realignment? After all, Laloo Prasad Yadav is classically in the anti-BJP camp, anti-BJPism is the leitmotif of all his political campaigns, and along with Mulayam he had formed an...

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