So the Samajwadi Party had to make a splash at the end of the year. And tonight Modi might as well have something big up his sleeve. The whole country will be watching when he says “Mitron”. Clearly, the BJP and the SP have decided that we will have a politically heated new year. If this is not evidence of collusion between the two parties, I don’t know what is…
In this season, everyone has to be an “expert”, someone who is “in the know”. Leading the pack are alleged journos who have randomly guessed every possible political scenario at least once in the last six months. And now they are digging back into their Twitter timelines and claiming credit for that one possibly correct guess among a hundred.
It is quite another matter that the entire journalist fraternity was confidently reporting on a Cong+SP+RLD alliance less than a week ago. Some “sources” had gone so far as to give out even the exact number of seats each alliance partner was to get. Some “sources” went even further, claiming that the partners had finished discussing numbers of seats and were now deciding *which* seats to contest.
It was all wrapped up: Akhilesh was going to sweep the polls, with some reflected glory on the pampered Pappu.
And then Mulayam Singh Yadav burst onto the scene, ruling out any alliance with anyone. The frustration in Lutyens Delhi was exploding.
You know things are bad when the Lutyens cabal gets angry with the patriarch of caste politics in the Hindi heartland. I mean Mulayam split out a Hindu caste and made them vote for Muslim appeasement. What could be closer to the idea of India?
Saba Naqvi, the (un)official spokeperson for AAP, did even less to conceal her anger:
BJP game? Why BJP? Ha! Ha! So you know it too Saba! You know just as well as everyone else that this might be a fixed election between Amit Shah and Mulayam Singh Yadav. They might have made a deal for BJP to get UP this time and Akhilesh to take UP the next time, with Mayawati’s party finished forever.
But why “shameless”, Ms. Saba Naqvi? What is so shameless in striking political deals? When Laloo Yadav and Nitish Kumar made a deal, you didn’t say that was shameless. When Rahul Gandhi went on a yatra from Deoria to Dilli talking of “27 saal UP behaal” and still opened alliance talks with the ruling SP, you didn’t say that was shameless. When CPI(M) allied with Congress in Bengal, you didn’t think that was shameless. When the Commies propped up a government headed by Manmohan Singh, you didn’t think that was shameless. Now suddenly when BJP plays dirty, you begin to do research on the politics of shame? Sad to break it to you, but people like Mulayam Singh Yadav…the captains of your beloved idea of India were always shameless and always up for sale to the highest bidder. You were happy as long as the deals they made were benefitting Lutyens jackals like you. Now it seems some of your patrons may have struck a deal with your enemies and left the jackals out in the cold. The only shameless loser here is you.
Yes, so if BJP is playing dirty, I welcome it. It is about time. You play your dirty intolerance games. Don’t expect the other side to play dead.
But the honest truth is, I don’t know. That should not be very hard to admit, but it seems to be the case with most of Lutyens Delhi. Is this a calculated move by Mulayam Singh Yadav to make Akhilesh a hero? Or is there a deal between Amit Shah and Mulayam Singh Yadav? Maybe it is both. If there is a deal, is Akhilesh involved or not? We don’t know, but we are watching. This is going to be fascinating.