BJP’S Pensioners Leave NDA in a Mess
As the presidential race exposes its frailties, the alliance now resembles a railway platform, says
WHEN THE countdown to the presidential race began, the BJP hoped for a division in the UPA ranks and a situation where the Congress and the government would end up being weaker after the battle for Rashtrapati Bhavan. In a sense, it turned out as hoped. The Trinamool Congress’ relationship with the Congress has worsened considerably. That apart, the departure of Pranab Mukherjee will leave the UPA government without its principal trouble-shooter.
Nevertheless, snatching defeat from the jaws of smug satisfaction, the BJP has converted the election into an all-purpose fiasco. The NDA is now divided; the biggest nonBJP party is threatening to walk out. Two allies, the JD( U) in Bihar and the Shiv Sena in Maharashtra, have announced their support for Pranab.
The BJP itself has lurched from one candidate to the next, playing second fiddle to Mamata when it came to APJ Abdul Kalam and to Jayalalithaa and Naveen Patnaik