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Life is Out There

Congress stands cornered, while BJP is in a Catch-22 situation

Life is Out There
Narendra Bisht
Life is Out There
outlookindia.com
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10 Days That Shook UPA

  • Arresting Anna and sending him to a jail where Raja, Kanimozhi and Kalmadi are housed was pure PR disaster
  • In Sonia Gandhi’s absence, Congress and UPA suffer from lack of direction and quiet counsel
  • Manish Tewari’s crude bid to discredit Anna strikes false note with TV-watching middle class
  • Unleashing Kapil Sibal and Chidambaram boomerangs in face of mounting nationwide protests
  • Acting tough, climbing down and then flexing muscle against Team Anna sends wrong signal
  • Keeping Opposition in the dark till last minute ensures Lokpal remains a tinderbox in Parliament

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From the Left to the Right with the Congress squeezed in the middle, the Anna Hazare-led movement has stunned the political class and led to furious debates and confusion on how to deal with it. The Congress dilemma is straightforward. In the midst of a bad political season, when Sonia Gandhi was unwell and out of the country, it was faced with a citizen’s protest that grew and grew till it became a mass movement. The party stumbled, mishandled, appeared rudderless, till it finally began to deal with a full-blown crisis.

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