Imagine a cricket match in which the fielding team gets a wicket off the very first ball – and that too a run-out because the two batsmen don’t know how to run between the wickets. That’s what Delhi’s political scene is looking like now. On the very first day after the Election Commission of India announced general elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has found the going good in the capital city thanks to a poor understanding between its main rivals. With Congress president Rahul Gandhi formally asking his party cadre to win all the seven Lok Sabha seats in the capital, a triangular fight between itself, the BJP and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is confirmed to a point where I believe the lotus-wallahs have a clear upper hand for several reasons. Unless there is some late change of mood, and a pinhole exists for a mutually agreeable arrangement as some reports speculate, the advantage is clearly with the BJP. So what happened to the grand plan to unseat the BJP in a ‘Mahagatbandhan’ – a grand alliance? In Delhi at least, it has fallen a victim to narrow egos that do not sit easily with… Read full this story
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