It’s a riddle that has caught the analyst’s fancy: what pushed A.B. Vajpayee to play the resignation card at the July 31 bjp parliamentary party meeting? His aides say the PM is upset with the allegations made against his office and family in the past few months. What disturbed him even more was an nda ally’s thinly-veiled charge against his foster son-in-law Ranjan Bhattacharya.
Sources claim Vajpayee is very sensitive when it comes to criticism of this kind. Says a party MP: "These kind of charges are made periodically. What hurt probably is that this is the first time Ranjan’s name has been raised in a pointed manner in Parliament by an nda ally." According to him, when the allies sought national security advisor Brajesh Mishra’s resignation post-Tehelka, the PM had struck an ‘over-my-dead-body’ posture. He said he would resign if the demand was pressed because Mishra was his man. And this time around, the PM’s resignation threat was probably linked to allegations against Ranjan.