They've had it coming for some time now. Ever since Atal Behari Vajpayee became prime minister and consolidated his hold over the nda, the whispers in the corridors of power in Delhi have been about the formidable clout Brajesh Mishra, N.K. Singh and Ranjan Bhattacharya enjoy. It was said any contract could be bagged or any deal swung, if the interested party won the support of the powerful trio. And what was till then only speculation now appears to have more than a semblance of truth, what with BJP president Bangaru Laxman confirming Ranjan's role in the clearance of power projects.
Indeed, the political class seems to have joined the
anti-PMO chorus. None other than the RSS has demanded an inquiry into the PMO's functioning; key Samata leaders, stung by the sacrifices they've had to make, are now asking for Mishra's scalp; the Congress and others too have earmarked the trio for special attention. Says Congress spokesperson Jaipal Reddy, "Mishra and Singh must be sacked and Ranjan's role investigated."
These demands threaten to drag the
PMO into the cesspool of...