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Liquid Mercies

Rain plays the knight to CMs in distress Diggy and Gehlot. Will the poll gods fall for them too?

Liquid Mercies
Sanjoy Ghosh
Liquid Mercies
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Giant herds of cattle are converging in Rajasthan, making their stately way home after months of dusty peregrination. The Long March in search of fodder is finally over. In neighbouring Madhya Pradesh, the power crisis has eased—drought has been banished by rains, reservoirs and wells are gradually filling up. A record kharif sowing has cheered farmers no end. Mellowed by the monsoon, the voter is well disposed towards both the gods and the government.

For Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot, whose four-and-a-half-year tenure has coincided with the long spell of drought, it’s a last-minute reprieve. Rural voters were easy prey to superstition that only a change in CM would propitiate the rain gods. Now, Congressmen are losing no opportunity to point out that every part of the state received excess rainfall except the Baran-Jhalawar region, home of BJP CM-aspirant Vasundhararaje!

Three months ago, Congress spokesman S. Jaipal Reddy wryly remarked that the results of the assembly polls in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan hinged on the monsoon. While the feelgood element engendered...

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