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Political game, at its peak!

News channels are more into discussing politics these days, in view of the Lok Sabha election. Before the result of the four state legislative assembly elections, Narendra Modi’s personality and works were discussed. But after the announcement of the results, the scenario of political debates has changed drastically. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) achieved a historic success in Delhi and came out triumphant winning 28 seats out of 70. This success of AAP forced news channels to discuss the
party’s phenomena. Newspapers also started giving wide coverage to the AAP and its leader Arvind Kejriwal. On second of this month Kejriwal proved its majority on the floor of the Delhi assembly with the help of eight Congress legislators.

The political game is at its peak and the people of the country are getting some sense after watching all that is going on in various news channels. On social media the right wing activists and the BJP supporters started the smear campaign about the tacit understanding between the AAP and the Congress.

In one of the discussions, on a news channel, the BJP and AAP representatives were at loggerheads with each other. There were six window screens of the channel showing the representatives of AAP, BJP, Congress and two journalists along with the anchor of the show. In those six windows, AAP and BJP representative started fighting with each other. But this is not the story. The real story is the body language of the Congress leader. While the BJP and AAP representatives were fighting, the Congressman was smiling and keeping mum, as if he was enjoying the fight. This screen shot of the same gave a strong signal of the politics of the grand old party.

It seems that the Congress does not want a direct fight between its heir apparent Rahul Gandhi and BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in the coming Lok Sabha election. Rather the Congress is trying its level best to make it Modi verses Kejriwal. The party insiders say that they are working overtime to make this happen. If this happens, the yuvraj of Congress will be saved of the embarrassment of losing its first electoral battle.

Last December when the Congress announced its unconditional support to AAP, after its massive defeat in Delhi, the political pundits announced that this step of the Congress is going to be disastrous for the party. Similarly when Rahul Gandhi said that the party has to learn from AAP, political analysts termed that statement as kiddish. Both the assessments of political observers are somehow proving wrong. In today’s scenario the two smart moves were made to defeat Modi or atleast check his growing popularity. The result of the assembly elections proved that there is a wave in favour of Modi and the Congress assessed that it is not in a position to stop this wave. The new leadership of the Congress is seen as a week leader vis-a-vis Modi. The credibility of the Congress and the UPA government has gone very low. Corruption and inflation played havoc for the aam aadmi.

The people of this country started seeing a hero in Modi and as an able administrator. The publicity machinery of Modi, very smartly, created an atmosphere that Modi is the only saviour. In this highly charged political situation Arvind Kejriwal’s success came as a ray of hope for the Congress party. They grabbed this opportunity and announced unsolicited support to AAP in Delhi.

Now the question arises that will this move of the Congress work in their favour in the coming months? The fact of the matter is that the Congress did use this trick in the past as well. The party used Charan Singh against Morarji Desai, Chandra Shekhar against V P Singh. The party used the pawn to check mate the wajir (King) and came out successful.

In the past, the Congress successfully check mate the political opponents and stalwarts by its sheer clever political move, by installing the pawns at the top position. By doing this, the Congress minimises the anger of the masses towards the party.

‘History repeats itself’, is an old saying and holds very true for the Congress party. But this time the game is slightly different. It seems the pawn is more clever this time. AAP is not in the game of conventional politics but if it gives an impression of a good alternative then the political scenario of this country may change.

But it is for sure that the Congress is going all out to curb the growing popularity of Narendra Modi.

The author is Deputy Editor in IBN7
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