General elections: India 2009

Arch rivals with a common agenda

The BJP and left parties of India are supposed to be poles apart, and they do keep their distance most of the time. But at times they flock together though they are birds of different colors. When Indo-US nuclear deal was under discussion in the parliament the BJP, the main opposition party opposed the deal tooth and nail but what surprised everyone was the attitude of the leftists who were supporting the congress led government from outside. They found themselves in the company of their arch rivals (BJP) and when the government decided to go ahead with the deal the left parties withdrew support to the congress led government much to the joy of BJP. Of course, the government survived with the help of some other neutral parties. The next general elections were to follow soon and the impression was that the BJP led front would emerge victorious and the newly formed third front led by the leftists would be a force to reckon with. But the results were so shocking to the above said parties as the congress led front swept the polls. BJP and the left front still keep their distance but unexpectedly they are once again hand in glove on a new issue.

Their poor performance in the elections upset them to such an extent that they believed they were let down by the electronic voting machine. Now in one voice these two arch rivals are favoring the good old ballot papers.

Author: P U Krishnan

First things first. I am one of those retired chaps who are young at heart. I watch cricket matches and jump for joy when Tendulkar scores yet another century. I read newspapers and books too, though I am not crazy about them. I think I have a mind free from hatred and I owe it to the wonders of nature and music. I scribble something now and then and call myself a writer! Though I have settled in Ooty, a lovely hill station in Tamil Nadu—I must emphasize the fact that I was born and brought up in Tellicherry in North Kerala and studied in the good old Government Brennen College. Of and on, my mind goes back to my ancestral house at Tiruvangad in Tellicherry in front of an ancient Sri Ram temple. I am indebted to this wonderful place which inculcated in me a love for cricket and literature. But all said and done, I am an Indian first.

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