21 October, 2020

Thought Experiment

In the backdrop of the electoral gloom and Vajpayee's obduracy, the RSS frets over its declining influence

Thought Experiment
The Sangh parivar, it seems, has encountered a problem in keeping up with its usual practice of having and eating its cake at the same time. Frustrated in their attempts to dictate terms to Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, for the first time, some influential voices in the rss are beginning to articulate the opinion that they should risk jettisoning the government as Vajpayee's leadership (and the economic policies of his government) is proving disastrous for his 'kinsfolk'.

Highly placed sources reveal that couple of months ago, when the Tehelka scandal broke and the rss upped the campaign against Vajpayee and the pmo, the parivar was ready to throw its weight behind L.K. Advani if he would challenge the prime minister. At that time the view was that if the government goes, let it go, but the parivar could no longer back Vajpayee.

But the rss came up against an unexpected roadblock. The home minister steadfastly refused to take on Vajpayee—he has told the rss leadership that any such attempt would be foolhardy. For, not only would it threaten the nda government,...


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