WHENEVER the regime changes in Delhi, it takes almost 90 days for life to return to normal. There are 200 people in Delhi who are always active, irrespective of regime change. This time, however, everybody in the power circuit is perplexed. Everybody is guessing the next steps of Narendra Modi. He has kept the party circuit at arm’s length till now. Anybody who is somebody in the ruling BJP is bewildered. Even known and famous faces of the BJP have been cut loose. Top of the list is Shatrughan Sinha, who has been active in the circuit for almost 30 years. The trimurti of Sudhanshu Mittal, Vijay Goel and Tulsi Agarwal are waiting for their turn so that their services can be utilised by the party or the government. Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Yashwant Sinha, Shahnawaz Hussain are all from Bihar and are also looking at South Block. Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, the Muslim face of the BJP, is also out of the circle, though he has not given up and is doing a good job by defending the party like a loyal soldier. One can understand the adjusting nature of the political workers, but what about journalists who are more loyal to the King? The veteran Swapan Dasgupta, Ashok Malik and Chandan Mitra can be seen defending the BJP on TV screens but they are all out of the main power circle. One prominent Hindi newspaper owner of Uttar Pradesh who was promised a Rajya Sabha seat is not even able to meet Modi. The list is endless; one can list almost 100 names that are politically and socially unemployed. Modi has learnt the tough and right lessons in recognising faces and people in the party when he had a stint in Delhi. Keep it up, Modi, a rusty system needs a tough posture and also firm handling.
Vol. 8, issue 5 | AUGUST | 2014