Tem­ple jum­ble

Sunday Express - - INDIA -

Rahul's tem­ple-hop­ping is set­ting off some dis­tur­bances within the Op­po­si­tion sphere. For one, it has not gone down well with the Marx­ist party, which feels its staunch sec­u­lar cre­den­tials would get dam­aged if it is seen in prox­im­ity with the Con­gress. In ad­di­tion, in Mad­hya Pradesh, the Con­gress is dis­play­ing some soft­ness towards savar­nas, who have their rea­sons to be miffed with the Shivraj Singh Chouhan govern­ment. That's why Mayawati too got spurned. It seems the DMK too is un­com­fort­able with Rahul's 'Hindu Lite' turn, fear­ful that its pro-Dra­vid­ian, pro-mi­nor­ity street cred would get hurt if it con­sorts with Rahul in this mood. Plus, MK Stalin, it seems, is not ready to part with more than 5-6 seats for the GOP. Deve Gowda too has ex­pressed sim­i­lar ap­pre­hen­sions to Yechury and oth­ers. Yechury, it seems, com­plained to So­nia Gandhi. This is the sit­u­a­tion in which Naidu has taken over the role of al­liance-mak­ing, try­ing to smoothen the creases, the way Hark­is­han Singh Sur­jeet did two-and-a-half decades ago. Un­like Yechury, Babu has a per­sonal agenda too. He's con­vinced Gov­er­nor ESL Narasimhan is plot­ting his over­throw.

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