02 March, 2021

The Illusionists

The Congress, in its chase for alliance partners in the North, finds a fickle BSP Updates

The Illusionists
The Congress, accustomed to keeping potential allies on the tenterhooks, now finds the boot on the other foot. The Bahujan Samaj Party, a feisty David confident of its grip on an anxious Goliath, is testing the patience of even the most pro-alliance of Congress leaders. "Things are moving far too slowly," a Congress leader fretted while on the phone to a BSP MP.

The Congress is palpably nervous but Mayawati is in no hurry. In fact, she retired into a shell for four days last week, fuelling speculation that she will wait until the Lok Sabha is dissolved before arriving at an open understanding with the Congress. The Congress leaders' rationale is that she would then feel less vulnerable to the machinations of the central government. Yet another interpretation is that UP is currently in a state of political flux with the future of the Mulayam Singh Yadav government uncertain and she'd rather wait for things to settle down.

Kept off balance, the Congress sent out mixed signals in UP, first laying the groundwork for a withdrawal of support to the Mulayam government over a...

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