Will it be funeral rites or death delayed?

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20 Sep 2012

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Anybody who claims to know how exactly events will unfold after Friday prayers on September 21 is either a brave fool or a smart liar. Frankly, with neither Mamata Banerjee nor Sonia Gandhi showing any signs of relenting from their respective positions on the stand-off between the Trinamool Congress and the Congress 48 hours after the West Bengal Chief Minister set her 72-hour deadline, any comment at this stage would at best be idle speculation.

It is anybody’s guess as to how the final act of this drama will play out. The denouement could be as startling as Mamata Banerjee’s declaration of war on Tuesday. Ceasefire agreements without actual cessation of hostilities are not unknown in history. Similarly, battles are known to have turned into protracted wars.

Those hoping for some clarity by Friday evening could feel let down. Funeral rites in politics can be a prolonged affair – that is, if the alliance between the Trinamool Congress and the Congress is formally declared beyond resuscitation. On the other hand, both sides could go through the motions of taking their alliance off the ventilator but delay the signing of the death certificate – politics is not bereft of miracles.

Conventional wisdom has it that in the end the Congress will let go off its ally in West Bengal and firm up an alliance with either the SP or the BSP. This could be either in the form of one of these parties joining the UPA or both of them pledging not to withdraw their ‘outside’ support even while making the necessary noises to keep their constituents in good humour. We have seen this routine once too often in the past, most notably during the infamous cash-for-vote scandal in 2008.

Whichever way Friday ends, the UPA regime will be denuded of whatever dignity it still retains – it has long been stripped of all vestiges of morality and integrity. The Government may survive, Manmohan Singh may get to stay on in the Prime Minister’s residence, Sonia Gandhi may continue to remain the super boss of a derelict regime. But it would be despised by the vast majority of Indians, many of them who voted for the Congress in 2009.


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Kanchan Gupta was Editorial Director of Niti Digital from 2012 to June 2014 and had previously worked at several newspapers, including The Telegraph, The Statesman and The Pioneer. During a break from journalism he served in the PMO as an aide to Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and as Director of Maulana Azad Centre in Cairo.

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  • Jitendra Desai

    They will hang on till they are kicked out.Knowing that they are sure to loose elections as and when they are held, why will they give up the golden hen? Expect more scams and more shamelessness from these guys.People are in to witness open loot from now on till the kick in the butt.

  • http://www.raksingh.blogspot.com राकेश

    Congress is EXPERT in arranging necessary number to be in Govt. So this govt is not going to fall for sure. Hence FDI & other subsidy cut is going to stay for long.

    Even if BJP comes to power with full majority, they will NOT revert it back. Once in power BJP will start supporting FDI etc….

    One thumb of rule is “Govt started caring Corporate & rich compared to common people.” And this is going to be true irrespective of political party.

    Trust me, I am a BJP supporter.

  • http://vnseetharam.wordpress.com V.N.Seetharam

    Excellent analysis of the scenario to unfold subsequently. Dignity, decorum,morality,integrity,accountability etc are qualities unknown to Singh and Sonia.In fact they can thrive only in a matrix that is devoid of such ingredients like a certain species of Bacteria and parasites that can survive and procreate only on organisms that are conducive to their sustenance. This country will have to tolerate at least another two years of political and moral bankruptcy hoping that the next elections woul be the pesticide to rid us of the Congress menace

  • http://nil chandramoulee

    Will there be another election at all, at all?

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