Rahul Gandhi may have to hold his punches against Mayawati in UP
DNAWednesday, April 28, 2010 2:18 IST
New Delhi: leaders with Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati are
expected to cease for the coming months as the two blocs enter a tacit
Aware of the threat of a close number game during Tuesday's cut
motions, the Congress-led UPA government made the right moves to
appease Uttar Pradesh chief minister last week.
And Mayawati didn't disappoint her appeasers when the D-day arrived.
She instructed 21 BSP MPs to back the government to the hilt when it
faces division of votes on the motions in parliament.
The newfound bonhomie is expected to force AICC general secretary
Rahul Gandhi to significantly alter his Mission 2012 for UP for the
next few months.
A crucial aspect of the quid pro quo agreement with Mayawati,
according to sources in both Congress and BSP camps, is that Gandhi or
any other Congress leader wouldn't indulge into making scathing
attacks on the Mayawati regime.
This means the Congress's much-hyped rath yatra flagged off by the
Amethi MP on April 14 will have to change its tenor, as it was touted
as a campaign to "expose the misrule of the BSP". Chariots rolled out
from 10 different places across UP as part of the rath yatra. Rahul
was to join the yatra in Bundelkhand early next month.
Though Congress sources claim that the AICC general secretary won't
alter his plans to participate in the yatra, Rahul will have to "hold
his punches against the UP government, for now".
The virtual ceasefire between the two blocs may end by September, when
Rahul's campaign is supposed to enter its second phase. Till then, the
Amethi MP is expected to concentrate on Bihar, which goes to polls
later this year.
The Congress in Bihar is a divided house and all attempts to resolve
disputes between its warring factions have so far failed to yield
"Rahulji has been worried about the party's condition in Bihar and
with polls due later this year, this is the time for him to
intervene," a Congress leader said.
But the government is expected to continue showering its generosity on
Mayawati as the other part of the bargain struck with her is that the
CBI maintains a status quo on its stand of considering closure of the
disproportionate assets (DA) case filed against the Dalit leader.
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