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  • Trouble brews in Bihar JD(U)-BJP alliance as Bihar police asks special branch officers to keep tabs on RSS activities
  • Trust vote in Karnataka assembly today. With rebel MLAs deciding to stay away after the SC order, the Congress-JD(S) government is likely to fall as it does not have the numbers
  • Amit Shah says the government will identify and deport illegal immigrants from all parts of the country
  • Reports from Pakistan confirm that Hafiz Saeed has been arrested and sent to jail
  • After the SC order, Karnataka Speaker says he will go by the Constitution in deciding on the resignations of the 16 MLAs
  • Rebel MLAs say they will not attend the trust vote on Thursday
  • Supreme Court rules that rebel MLAs cannot be forced to attend the assembly and vote in the floor test
  • Both the Centre and the Assam government have sought re-verification of up to 20% of draft NRC data
  • Pakistan opens its airspace for Indian planes
  • Dilapidated building collapses in Mumbai, killing more than 10 people while many were still trapped
  • Kulbhushan Jadhav case verdict to be delivered today by the ICJ
  • A Vistara flight landed in Lucknow with just 5 to 10 minutes of fuel left in the tank
  • Supreme Court to decide on Karnataka MLAs plea today
  • Karnataka alliance to face floor test on Thursday
  • China says that the next Dalai Lama will be appointed by it
International Court of Justice agrees with India, stays Kulbhushan Jadhav's execution. It asks Pakistan to allow consular access to the accused.
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Has Amit Shah Bowled An Unplayable Yorker?

By Sunil Garodia

About the Author

Sunil Garodia Editor-in-Chief of indiacommentary.com. Current Affairs analyst and political commentator. Writes for a number of publications.
When a bowler is hit for a boundary and then delivers a good ball that foxes the batsman, it is called a good comeback. The BJP made a comeback in the Rajya Sabha elections after being made to bite the dust by the SP-BSP arrangement in Phulpur and Gorakhpur Lok Sabha by-polls. It managed to wrest an additional seat in UP by preventing it from going to the BSP. In doing so, it took the wind out of the sails of the much publicized quid pro quo where the BSP supported the SP candidates in the two LS by-polls with an undertaking that the SP would help in getting its candidate elected to the RS. But the irony is that since there was cross voting from its own legislators (with one even declaring his ‘love’ for Yogi Adityanath), the BSP cannot accuse the SP of betrayal. One cannot predict what Mayawati will do next, smarting as she by being beaten at the game by a manipulative BJP.

While Amit Shah and Yogi Adityanath might now breathe easy after the dual shocks of Phulpur and Gorakhpur, this successful turn of event must also remind them the fact that while it is easy to manipulate legislators it is not so easy to manipulate voters. Winning a RS seat can in no way compensate for the loss of LS seats. But the tactical mind of Amit Shah must have worked with another interest in mind. His main purpose now is to sow some kind of distrust between the SP and the BSP to prevent them from repeating their recent electoral understanding. What better way to do it than to scuttle the expected fruits of that understanding? By ensuring that the BSP candidate lost, Shah has managed to point it out to Mayawati that her support to SP amounted to nothing in return. Mayawati might now do fresh calculations before cementing the tie-up. If that happens, Shah would have bowled an unplayable yorker.