Sita coy, Naidu says 'Ahoy'!
Just as in the early days of NDA-I, and the UF before that, Chandrababu Naidu has become the unofficial coordinator of the Opposition gathbandhan. In fact, whether it becomes a 'mahagathbandhan' or a loose network of smaller state-level bandhans (tie-ups) now depends on the Andhra CM's political savvy -- on whether his skills can be brought to bear on papering over the differences between the Congress and regional powerhouses. The CPI-M too is none too happy either, maybe the reason why party general secretary Sitaram Yechury's bonhomie with Rahul Gandhi has ebbed. The Congress's stance on the Sabarimala issue, on which it's vying to outdo the BJP as the champion of Hindu angst, despite the party chief favouring a pro-woman line, has certainly upset the CPI-M leader.