19 September, 2020

Uncivilised And Uncalled For

Uncivilised And Uncalled For

WE can understand Kanshi Ram’s frustration at his inability to anoint his protege Mayawati as chief minister of Uttar Pradesh for a second time. Even though the Bahujan Samaj Party emerged a poor third in the recent assembly elections, the imperious leader was under the illusion that he had the United Front by the short hair, and that the secular parties—the UF and the Congress—had little choice but to accept Mayawati as chief minister. But his politics of blackmail did not quite succeed as the UF called his bluff, and the Congress too disappointed him by declining to link its support to the UF at the Centre with the installation of a Mayawati government in Uttar Pradesh.

In sheer frustration, Kanshi Ram is now flirting with the Bharatiya Janata Party, the party he had viciously attacked during the election campaign, once again with the sole purpose of installing Mayawati on the chief ministerial gaddi. But the BJP has made it clear to him that it will extract a heavy price for its support, and that it will not be satisfied with less than two-thirds representation...



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