UPA Dilemma (PIc Sonia Gandhi)
Nitish Kumar or Lalu Yadav, who will be the UPA ally in the months to come. This is going to be the fresh dilemma for Congress president Mrs Sonia Gandhi in choosing political partners in the run up to UPA-III.
Mr Yadav has been steadfast in supporting the UPA for past over a decade and Mrs Gandhi has a personal rapport with him as the Yadav chieftain has rescued the UPA a number of times in Parliament and outside. But with Mr Kumar walking out of NDA on the possibility of Mr Narendra Modi being projected as Prime Ministerial candidate by the BJP, the competition for being UPA allies has become intense.
The JD-U support for the UPA (read Congress) hinges on the Centre granting special status to Bihar which is still under consideration of a high-powered committee. But options seem to have been limited for Mr Kumar. Already having severed his links with NDA and prospects of a Third Front bleak, his limited choice is to make a common cause with the Congress.
As the political grapevine has it, Bihar is going the UP way so far Congress and UPA or concerned. Obviously, it benefits Congress if anyone breaks ranks with the NDA. But Bihar like UP is a different story. Despite serious political differences between Samajwadi Party leader Mr Mulayam Singh Yadav and BSP supremo Miss Mayawati, the two parties have in turn repeatedly bailed out the UPA Government at crucial juncture.
Many feel that in the run up to next year’s Lok Sabha elections, Rashtriya Janata Dal of Mr Yadav and JD-U will have to play a similar role to keep UPA in power. The two parties will have to contest with each other to remain in the fore-front of UPA’s electoral strategy.
What a turnaround from one time anti-Congressism to anti-BJPism. All these parties have been ganging up in the past to oust Congress. The 2014 might witness a reversal of roles.

No ideologies ( PIc CPI veteran Gurdas Dasgupta)
Politics makes strange bedfellows. What if one time anti-Congress brigade comprising Mulayam Singh Yadav, Lalu Yadav, Nitish Kumar and many others making a common cause with the century old party. Even the Left parties seem to have been hit by this political bug where power and nothing else matters particularly when ideologies have been relegated to the past.
Take this: Nine hour long debate and fierce opposition by CPI veteran Gurdas Dasgupta could not prevent his party making a common cause with AIADMK chief Miss J Jayalalitha on the issue of garnering a Rajya Sabha seat for the Left party’s public face Mr D Raja.
Mr Dasgupta, the most vocal face of the CPI, went all guns blazing the CPI-AIADMK tie up to ensure a second term for Mr Raja. His opposition was understandable as Miss Jayalalitha has publically pronounced Mr Narendra Modi to be her best friend. But the comrades in CPI were too focused this time to achieve their goal.
Mr Dasgupta was left sulking. After all, a Rajya Sabha is more significant even for the ideology driven Left parties in the 21st century than anything else.

Far Left ( Puc Prakash Karat)
They may have lost power in West Bengal after 34 years of ruling and their base fast shrinking elsewhere but the CPM leaders still refuse to change their ways so far as political contours are concerned.
A recent visit by CPM general secretary Mr Prakash Karat to CPI headquarters Ajoy Bhawan set the tongues wagging. It was presumed that the elder brother in Communist politics was out to placate the younger partner to reach at new strategies to revive the Left’s fortunes or perhaps the two parties were discussing the possibility of a Third Front.
But that was not to be. All those who thought on these lines were proved wrong. It turned out that Mr Karat had come to attend a meeting of the Left intellectuals to discuss something unimaginable in this part of the world. They were discussing dangers to socialism in Venezuela located in far off Latin America.
That amply reflects the Left parties priorities and reasons behind their dwindling fortunes in Indian politics.

Lastupdate on : Fri, 21 Jun 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 21 Jun 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 22 Jun 2013 00:00:00 IST

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