oppn parties Sworn Enemies in One State, Friends in Another

News Snippets

  • University vice-chancellors in West Bengal decide not to hold final-year examinations despite UGC prod, will instead go by the state government advised 80-20 formula where 80% will be marked on performance in past semesters and 20% on internal assessments in the final semester
  • The Centre wants the ITI and other top Indian firms to bid for 5G as Chinese firms Huawei and ZTE are not likely to be allowed to participate
  • India and China agree on total disengagement to return to peace ahead of the next round of military talks
  • The Supreme Court allows delivery of summons and notices via WhatsApp and email, but questions remain on proof of actual receipt
  • National Investigation Agency says the proceeds from the Kerala gold smuggling case could have been used for terrorist activities
  • Four Maoists shot dead in Valmiki Tiger Reserve in Bihar
  • Despite localized lockdown, Covid cases continue to rise at an alarming rate in West Bengal. Newer areas brought under containment zones in Kolkata
  • ICSE, ISC results declared, Average scores in the English paper, 20% lower this year than the average in most years, pulls down the aggregate for most candidates
  • IIP contracts by 35% in May. Manufacturing goes down by 39.3%
  • Row erupts over CBSE's decision to reduce the syllabus by 30% this academic year due to the disruption caused by the pandemic. Experts say several lessons that the ruling dispensation does not like are being removed
  • Gangster Vikas Dubey's nephew killed in an encounter by UP police who also pick up his key aide Raju Khullar and his son Adarsh
  • MHA sets up an inter-ministerial committee to probe the alleged financial misdeeds of three trusts linked to the Gandhi family
  • Actor Jagdeep, most famous for his Soorma Bhopali act in Sholay, passes away
  • Pakistan says Kulbhushan Jadhav has declined to file a review petition and will stick to his mercy plea. India calls it a farce
  • India to keep a strict vigil to confirm that the Chinese are abiding by the deal on the pullback at the LAC
The plot thickens in Rajasthan. Sachin Pilot removed as deputy chief minister and PCC chief. His loyalists dropped as ministers.
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Sworn Enemies in One State, Friends in Another

By Sunil Garodia
First publised on 2016-02-04 19:43:04

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Sunil Garodia Editor-in-Chief of indiacommentary.com. Current Affairs analyst and political commentator. Writes for a number of publications.
No permanent allies or foes in politics
It is true that there are no permanent allies or foes in politics. The latest example was the Mahagathbandhan in Bihar last year where sworn enemies Lalu Prasad and Nitish Kumar joined hands to defeat the BJP. But the position of the Congress party is comical, to say the least. Having been routed in the 2014 general elections and having had its footprint erased from large parts of India, the party is clutching at every available straw to remain floating. But it will perhaps become the only party to have an electoral alliance with a political combine in one state and be sworn enemies with the same combine in another.

Enemies in Kerala, friends in Bengal?
Sonia Gandhi is reportedly having confabulations with her advisors about forging an alliance with the Left parties in the ensuing West Bengal elections to try and beat Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress. The unprincipled nature of this alliance can be gauged from the fact that the two are at each others’ throat in Kerala. The Left parties there have been baying for CM Oomen Chandy’s head for his involvement in the so-called solar scam. Chandy on his part is accusing the Left liquor lobby for going after him due to the prohibition imposed in the state. Kerala has always had two combines, one led by Left and the other by Congress, that fight for political supremacy. It was the same in West Bengal before state Congress leaders felt threatened by Mamata Banerjee’s rising popularity and made her leave the party. Now they wish to join hands with the Left in Bengal while fighting it in Kerala.

No option for Congress
The major problem for Congress in Bengal is that despite having some pockets of loyal influence, it can never hope to garner enough numbers to be a kingmaker, let alone rule the state. Even the vote share in these pockets is dwindling with every passing election. Crumbs of office are making foot soldiers leave the party and join TMC. If Congress does not have an alliance with the Left and if votes are divided, it will fail to get seats even in those pockets. Once that happens, Congress will be wiped out in Bengal too. Hence the party is thinking of going in for this unprincipled alliance with the Left parties.