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Bedside Realpolitik

V.P. Singh puts the social justice plank above the corruption issue

Bedside Realpolitik
Bedside Realpolitik
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HIS haemoglobin count is not yet stable. He has yet to find a suitable kidney donor. But back at former prime minister V.P. Singh’s St James Hotel room, there is an amazing outburst of creativity. As the Raja of Manda pours his imagination into his twin loves, painting and writing, wife Sita Devi occupies herself with the piano, her newfound passion. Something neither had time for at Delhi’s Apollo Hospitals when the United Front crisis claimed its first casualty, H.D. Deve Gowda.

But Singh is very much tuned into the ongoing crisis in the Janata Dal. His admirer Som Pal, a member of Parliament, does not tire of claiming that Singh favoured Laloo over Sharad for the JD presidentship and that he is keen that the Inder Gujral ministry is not jeopardised. However, Som Pal’s stories should be taken with a pinch of salt.

There are indications that M. Karunanidhi, S.R. Bommai, S. Jaipal Reddy and Gujral himself are Singh’s confidants. And going by the stance these leaders have taken, it seems that the former prime minister is...

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