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Closet Ambition?

Political motives are being read into Sangma's visit to a BJP camp

Closet Ambition?
Closet Ambition?
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IT was a well-calculated risk. For both the host and the guest. That the BJP's decision to invite Lok Sabha Speaker Purno Agitok Sangma to a training camp for its MPs at Jhijhouli, Haryana,on September 28 would raise some eyebrows was a foregone conclusion. Yet, neither the Speaker nor the BJP seemed particularly perturbed—Sangma delivered the concluding lecture at the camp as per schedule. But as the dust settles on the unusual episode, Sangma has emerged, to Congress and BJP leaders, as a man to be watched.

The Speaker's presence at the BJP camp has led to considerable apprehension in the Congress. Everyone seems curious about "Sangma's future plans". Said a Congress Working Committee (CWC) member and a potential contender for the party president-ship: "Sangma is eyeing the top job and for that he wants to become more acceptable. Within the Congress he wants us (the anti-Sitaram Kesri faction) on his side."

 In the BJP camp, on the other hand, Sang-ma's acceptance of its invitation, as party...

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