24 September, 2020

The Ex Factor

To rein in a rampaging Mayawati and revive the BJP's sagging fortunes, is it back to old hand Kalyan Singh?

Jitender Gupta
The Ex Factor
Will there be a homecoming for Kalyan Singh, once BJP's most powerful chief minister in Uttar Pradesh? Contrary to reports that the BJP-Kalyan patch-up bid has failed and that the latter will be part of a possible Congress-Samajwadi Party (SP) front, highly-placed BJP sources told Outlook that the return of the prodigal is being seriously pursued by both sides.

Sources close to Kalyan and the BJP believe that the media threw a spanner in the works. Three days after the five-hour meeting between Kalyan, president of the Rashtriya Kranti Party (RKP), and three emissaries of the BJP—Rajya Sabha MPs Dinanath Mishra and Balbir Punj, and rss ideologue S. Gurumurthy—the news was leaked out in Lucknow. Subsequently, Kalyan was cornered by the press. He understandably denied any possibility of returning to the BJP. And when asked whether he still stood by his views that the "central government is run by retired officers and a tired leader", he replied with a tactless "yes". Kalyan later told BJP leaders that the "words were put in my mouth". Clearly, the man is keeping all...


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