DES­PER­ATE TIMES, DES­PER­ATE MEA­SURES

India Today - - EAR TO THE GROUND -

t’s a try­ing time in the ‘Hindi Heart­land’. Both Rahul Gandhi’s Congress and BJP’s al­tered avatar un­der Naren­dra Modi are quite lit­er­ally scrap­ing the bar­rel in a de­cid­edly des­per­ate search for new al­lies. Be­sides parleys with ex­ist­ing re­gional out­fits in Ut­tar Pradesh and Bi­har, the na­tional par­ties are talk­ing shop with rank new­com­ers, po­lit­i­cal en­ti­ties that seem to have cropped up purely in re­sponse to the pre­vail­ing sea­son of elec­tions.

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