The best way to know the self is feeling oneself at the moments of reckoning. The feeling of being alone, just with your senses, may lead you to think more consciously. More and more of such moments may sensitize ‘you towards you’, towards others. We become regular with introspection and retrospection. We get ‘the’ gradual connect to the higher self we may name Spirituality or God or just a Humane Conscious. We tend to get a rhythm again in life. We need to learn the art of being lonely in crowd while being part of the crowd. A multitude of loneliness in mosaic of relations! One needs to feel it severally, with conscience, before making it a way of life. One needs to live several such lonely moments. One needs to live severallyalone.

Tuesday 17 June 2014


Reports say Delhi is to get a new government. With 3 BJP members of the Delhi legislative assembly becoming the members of the parliament, the sitting MLA strength of the House is now 67. It means, to form the government, a simple majority of 34 MLAs is needed now.

The present combined strength of BJP and its ally SAD is 29 (28+1) and AAP is at 27. BJP needs 5 MLAs and AAP needs 7 MLAs to reach the threshold.

The BJP prospects: That makes BJP’s work easier. BJP can easily scout for the lone independent MLA and the AAP rebel Vinod Kumar Binny. That reduces its need to 3 more MLAs. 

The options are the breakaway factions from Congress or AAP.

Congress has 8 MLAs, 4 of which are Muslims. They, with the Delhi Congress chief Arvinder Singh Lovely, will not go for BJP. Even then, the 3 other MLAs can split up to support BJP as that would be according to the provision of the anti-defection law requiring at least one-third of the members of a political party in a House to split up to form a new entity.

That would serve the BJP purpose but the majority would be razor-thin and BJP would like to go for the greener option, splitting the Aam Aadmi Party. It is being reported that many AAP MLAs are in touch with the BJP leadership and negotiations are on.

Now, no one wants elections in Delhi (if we talk of the politicians). And with depleted popularity and credibility crisis owing to being the deserters and being a major factor behind Delhi’s ongoing power crisis, most of the AAP MLAs, who rode on the 2011 anti-corruption movement and sky-high anti-incumbency ‘wave’ to win (otherwise most of them would not have won), are ‘rightly’ wary that they are not going to win again, because no ‘wave’ would be there next time. The credibility crisis for AAP is real and is here to stay (irrespective of the increased vote share in Delhi in the Lok Sabha polls as the Indian capital city was not hit by its worst power and water crisis, at least in this decade).

In that case, most of the first-timers (and that can be their only chance to sit in the Delhi assembly) would never prefer to go for re-election so soon without experiencing the true test of power (and the associated luxuries of life), that they could, during the first brief stint with the Delhi Secretariat earlier this year. After all, the air around the austere and upright AAP leaders has fizzled out.

And they are the ‘willing’ targets the BJP would love to manage and co-opt and their count will be an additional advantage. Being 27 members, at least 9 MLAs need to form the splitting faction that would give BJP a smooth sail in the House in terms of the number-game (28+1+1+1+9=40). And 9 is just the theoretical count. There may be more.

Also, such ‘willing’ MLAs will not be a headache for BJP even if they are not given the ministerial berths. Being the first-timers, they would stay comfortable ‘even’ with the legislative perks.

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