WHIPLASH: Biting the bullet after the ballot

December 10, 2013 10:10 PM

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When the administration succeeds in not letting political brawn browbeat the voter and the aam aadmi ballots for change, the imminent fear of collusion between parties fails the public.

While the voter sweats under the scalding sun or sustains the chill at booths hoping that the indelible ink will open the floodgates of change, collusion between parties defeats the very purpose of 'Yes, we can'.

The Congress overtures to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) after its broom-vroom, debilitating defeat in Delhi at the hands of the BJP and 'catalyst for change' Arvind Kejriwal could be the usual post-poll foundation of political derbies.

Shakeel Ahmad, AICC general secretary-in-charge for Delhi, has hinted that the party could extend "unconditional support" to AAP in Delhi.

Already, there are hints of the usual 'lust for power' in both AAP and the Congress. While Kejriwal has ruled out support to the BJP, his comrade-in- arms Prashant Bhushan, according to media reports, said on Monday that the party could give issue-based support to the saffron brigade.

Kejriwal quipped that the noted lawyer was misquoted. Bhushan too was in 'damage control' mode, saying that AAP would prefer to sit in the Opposition.

Now, AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi wants to learn from AAP how to attract the common man. Congress stalwart Digvijaya Singh, who had dubbed Kejriwal a megalomaniac last year, in a sudden somersault finds AAP's victory good for electoral politics.

With senior Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar predicting defeat in the 2014 general elections, the impact of the rout in the Assembly polls is evident.

With the BJP reluctant to form government in Delhi, another election could be piled up on voters.

What about the aam aadmi if Delhi gets a government following a pact between two parties? Well, as Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev said, "Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river."

Source: dailymail.co.uk

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