Power Bites

Illustrations: Mayanglambam Dinesh
Illustrations: Mayanglambam Dinesh

Did he or did he not defy the statewide prohibition policy is the question that the Opposition is asking of Mizoram CM Lalthanhawla even as the state police studiously avoids registering an fir against him and his wife. The cops claim that a case cannot be registered against the cm and his wife because there is no proof that they consumed alcohol and it is almost impossible to prove. The complainant claims that there is a picture where the cm and his better half are seen consuming beer. While his opponents seek to further harm Lalthanhawla’s already dented image following the Lok Sabha reverses, mischief by Congress insiders is also not ruled out.

In self-destruct mode 

CPM leaders in Kerala seem not to have learnt any lessons from the experience of their comrades in Bengal. In fact, the Kerala unit seems to be competing with their friends in Kolkata in pushing the self-destruct button. The Lok Sabha polls left the Marxists clueless in Kerala. Now, some CPM leaders feel that Kerala will go the Bengal way if the state leaders continue their whimsical ways. Dispirited partymen envision an end of the road.

Illustration: Mayanglambam Dinesh
Illustration: Mayanglambam Dinesh

Waiting for ‘Netaji’ 

It’s rapprochement time for Mulayam Singh Yadav and Ajit Singh now. The issue revolves around Ajit’s desperate search for a Rajya Sabha berth. On its own, his party — the Rashtriya Lok Dal — is too minuscule to matter numerically. Since Mulayam managed to win five Lok Sabha seats, he can come to the rescue of the Choudhury scion and help him make it to the Upper House.

Flummoxed CM 

Akhilesh Yadav, who is Tipu to his inner circle, is in deep trouble. Two years ago, he had issued a farman that constables and head constables will be posted in their home districts. The biggest beneficiaries were the Yadavs from Mulayam’s pocketborough in central Uttar Pradesh. But the worsening law and order situation has triggered a rollback of the order. No wonder Mulayam has advised his son to go slow and spare their caste brethren.

Illustrations: Mayanglambam Dinesh
Illustrations: Mayanglambam Dinesh

Not interested 

The Valley is abuzz with reports that a rather desperate Congress was trying to make discreet overtures to the People’s Democratic Party but failed to enthuse Mehbooba Mufti. Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad even went to meet PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. However, the Mufti was in no mood to oblige Azad. As it is, the 12-year-old Congress-National Conference alliance has been badly shaken by the stunning reverses in the Parliamentary polls.


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