Advertisement
Saturday, Dec 04, 2021
Outlook.com
ipl: the dealings

Sugar And Cane And A Big Brother Too

It’s been a long time coming. The IPL fiasco has given enough ammo for the Congress to turn the screws on feisty partner NCP.

Sugar And Cane And A Big Brother Too
Jitender Gupta
Sugar And Cane And A Big Brother Too
outlookindia.com
-0001-11-30T00:00:00+05:53

Many Congressmen were secretly pleased to see the high-flying former MoS for external affairs Shashi Tharoor bite the dust last week. But with his exit the Congress, which now feels it occupies the moral high ground in the IPL controversy, has decided to take on those it holds responsible for “embarrassing” the party. Foremost among them is not the bjp, which led the charge against Tharoor, but the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), its UPA partner both at the Centre and in Maharashtra. And this even though the NCP’s nine MPs in the Lok Sabha and 62 MLAs in Maharashtra are key to the health of the two governments.

The first signs of this inter-party tensions were visible on April 20, less than 48 hours after Tharoor handed in his resignation to the prime minister, when Union ministers for finance and home, Pranab Mukherjee and P. Chidambaram, summoned NCP chief and cabinet colleague Sharad Pawar. At that meeting, sources said, it was made clear to him that his patronage of IPL commissioner Lalit Modi, the man who “felled” Tharoor, would not be regarded kindly. Curiously, while Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said that the two Congress ministers “shared details” about the inquiries underfoot with Pawar, NCP spokesperson D.P. Tripathi said the three men discussed “the availability of wheat”, an indication that the latter wanted to play down the issue.

Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Read More from Outlook

Shaheen Bagh, CAA, Farmers’ Protest: Hip-Hop Is The Voice Of Dissent In India

Shaheen Bagh, CAA, Farmers’ Protest: Hip-Hop Is The Voice Of Dissent In India

Young, brash and little-known artistes are using hip-hop as an outlet to speak up and speak out.

World Disability Day: Visually Impaired Girls In Himachal Use Education To Dispel Darkness

World Disability Day: Visually Impaired Girls In Himachal Use Education To Dispel Darkness

Umang Foundation in Himachal Pradesh has helped many blind and visually impaired persons achieve their dreams by giving them access to higher education.

Mayank Notches Maiden 100 Vs NZ – Statistical Highlights

Mayank Notches Maiden 100 Vs NZ – Statistical Highlights

Mayank Agarwal's ton against New Zealand on Friday was his first since his 243 vs Bangladesh in 2019 at Indore.

Kashmir: Ghulam Nabi Azad Emerges As Key Player In J&K With Or Without Congress

Kashmir: Ghulam Nabi Azad Emerges As Key Player In J&K With Or Without Congress

Crowds at Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad's recent rallies show that he will be a key player in elections in Jammu and Kashmir, when they happen.

Advertisement