COMICAL POLITICAL IRONIES: ON
A DAY LIKE THIS ON INDIA’S
The Congress party: We don’t need
The Samajwadi Party: We won’t withdraw support.
The Samajwadi Party: Mulayam
calls Congress cheat.
The Congress party: The party doesn’t
support Beni’s statements.
Even if it can sail without it, the
Congress party needs Mulayam’s SP to manage comfortable numbers in the
Parliament. The Congress party forcing Beni to
apologise to Mulayam over the ‘terror links remarks’ validates this. Then there
are other validating indicators.
Finance Minister P Chidambaram
was in Lucknow
on March 29. He shared stage with Akhilesh Yadav during an event to launch 300 bank
branches in the state. Reportedly, he lauded Akhilesh Yadav and promised
financial help to the state.
A regime at the centre of an
outright criticism for failing to deliver during one year of Akhilesh’s tenure got
a distinction on performance from the Harvard educated Chidambaram. He went on
to say (3): “Akhilesh is a young Chief Minister. He has started his career
well. He and his team willl do the best to bring Uttar Pradesh up in every
single way. I assure the Chief Minister that the Government of India is
committed to stand by Uttar Pradesh in its development”.
Clearly, Chidambaram’s act was
just a placating one highlighting the fact the Congress party needs Mulayam’s
support to avoid the heightened pressure points because other supporters once the SP withdraws (existing ones like the BSP or the prospective ones like the
JD(U) or the AITC) would be excruciatingly demanding.
It is further validated by the
fact that the Chidambaram act came a day after Manmohan Singh remarked that the
SP withdrawing the support had real chances to happen.
But, it is the other way round
too, it seems. The SP too, needs the Indian National Congress boat to sail
through in UP.
With a rapidly rising
anti-incumbency, the state government needs funds to offer and maintain the
dole-outs it has promised to the electorate. And see, Mr. Chidambaram’s
assurance is already in. It adds up to assurance on Beni’s
removal from the Union Cabinet. The party has already made a safe distance disowning
Beni’s remarks midst the reports of Beni’s removal.
So who says, Mulayam is going to
withdraw the support soon. The public war of words is just a mask. Yes, the
Beni Prasad Verma issue is a personal one but that is being dealt with, it
looks. Apart from it, the whole war of words game is a friendly one.
The SP would not like to deliver
the message that it is with the Congress party on issues like petroleum price
hikes and rising overall inflation or on policy issues like quota in promotion
or the women’s reservation that directly affect its brand of politics and hence
chances in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
Also, the Congress party is an
opposition party of the SP in UP with Rahul Gandhi trying to resurrect the lost
political base in the state and that can never happen in alliance with the SP,
at least in public eyes.
Therefore, the solution is to mask
the meanings and play for the verbal duels. So, Mulayam Singh Yadav calls the
Congress party cheat but says his party won’t withdraw the support from the UPA
as it would allow the communal forces to pitch in. A worn out but ‘play safe’
statement and enactment, isn’t it?
So, where does this all boil to?
Keep on watching this friendly
duel for more friendly jibes. Someday, the comical theatre of the pathetic may
well turn into the hilarious rhapsody.
(3) Chidambaram praises Akhilesh,
assures financial help to Uttar Pradesh, March 29, 2013