27 September, 2020

Sour Taste Of Friendship

With friends like the Janata Dal, the Samata Party and Lok Shakti, BJP will not need enemies

Sour Taste Of Friendship

AN opportunistic fight over spoils or a natural process of selection and distribution of tickets that precedes elections? Perhaps, the ramifications, this time around, run deeper: it is an electoral battle between front that has drawn regional forces to it like a magnet, and a national party that would try to avoid regional alliances. Just when everyone thought that the BJP-led coalition was cruising along fine, came the socialist bombshell. Defence minister George Fernandes’ plan to reunite the Janata Dal— minus Laloo Prasad Yadav and Deve Gowda and all without informing the BJP top brass— has not been taken too kindly by the ruling party, particularly by those close to L.K. Advani. But at the end of a series of parleys between allies led by Fernandes, and Advani and party president Kushabhau Thakre, it became clear that the dust was settling down.

Says BJP general secretary Narendra Modi: "We have a long history of alliances. What the media describes as tussle for power is actually a normal process of selection of seats which happens inside parties...



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