"Politics makes strong friendships, stronger enemies"
Ever since Amar Singh has left the Samajwadi Party, Mulayam Singh has not been effective in the publicity department. In the annual Sefai Mohotsav held in Mulayam Singh's native village Etawah, the locals did feel Amar Singh's absence. When Amar Singh was a part of the Mulayam gang, there were lots of film actors to amuse the crowd. This time, there was no glamour. Jaya Prada, Jaya Bhaduri, Sanjay Dutt, Bipasha Basu and industrialist Anil Ambani were conspicuous by their absence.
There were some local crooners to entertain the villagers. To everybody's amusement, Mulayam Singh Yadav stayed throughout the long, boring function. A politician who till yesterday was a bit shy of holding press conferences has come down to singing to please the crowd. Mulayam sang with the locals with a mike.
The people amused that the reason, given by Amar Singh for resigning from the majwadi Party was to his ill health. But Amar Singh has after that gone on a foot march holding public meetings and his favourite words seem to be "If I open my mouth, Mulayam will go to jail". Politics makes strong friendship and then stronger enemies.
"India’s Al Gore"
Nitish Kumar may not have wanted the Gujarat Chief Minister Narendar Modi to campaign in his state Bihar. Maybe somewhere that is responsible for Modi's efforts to change and reinvent himself. Lately, he was refused an American visa for some conference in America. That in itself was a blow to Modi and shame to the Indian government--a Chief Minister of Gujarat was refused visa by the Americans.
Narendar Modi has recently penned down a book on climate change. It is modelled on Al Gore's "Inconvenient Truth". Modi has written many books in Gujarati on various subjects like 'Ek Swayamesevak' and 'Prem Tirth'. His books have been published in Marathi, Hindi, Tamil, Kannada and Gujarati.
The Gujarat government is leaving no efforts to try and make Narendar Modi as India's Al Gore. Modi's is one of the rare ones whose books can be read online too.
Narendar is up to date on everything that is good for his state, it seems.
"Patience is a virtue"
The big wait for the long overdue reshuffle of the union cabinet and AICC does not seem to be happening soon.
One of the reasons is that a senior leader has advised the party high command that there should be no changes till January 14 as it is Makar Sankranti. The stars will be favorable for the Congress then. As it is, some Congress men feel that the party is facing a very difficult time nowadays. So, it is best to wait for the auspicious day to come in. At the 83rd plenary session of the Congress, Sonia Gandhi in her concluding address said that it is best to be patient and wait for your turn. She said there are many qualified and deserving people in the Congress who have been left out.
She also said that everyone in the Congress will be given a chance. "Patience is a virtue" is what Gandhi seems to be preaching here. Hopefully the high command will pay heed to what Jyotiraditya Scindia said at the session that the "Ganesh Parikrama" to Delhi must stop for the dedicated grassroot party workers for party tickets. And the ones who left the Congress when the party was at a low should not be allowed to join once the Congress comes back to power.
The public at the moment does feel a bit let down by the ruling government and does hope for a positive change of guard. With so many leaders involved in scams and scandals, talent seems to be missing. Most probably they are also thinking of pulling talented and dedicated
Congressmen from state to the centre. That to would be good no doubt.