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The Federalism #Spoilu

Recasting his anti-Modi line, Nitish works the regional parties

The Federalism #Spoilu
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The Federalism #Spoilu
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Business, in these ‘reformed’ times, has quickened its political footwork. So it was no surprise that, with general elections formally scheduled for next summer, some corporate honchos, lobbyists and PR-media managers tried out some early moves last fortnight by orchestrating a Narendra Modi-Rahul Gandhi face-off of sorts. But for all the blustering directness of Modi and the polite evasions of Rahul, that experiment in antithetical placement proved boring. Far more entertaining at least was a parallel Twitterwar that mocked and mirrored them using the hashtags ‘#Feku’ and ‘#Pappu’. If it takes a spoiler (perhaps he’ll be called ‘#Spoilu’) to enliven the show, Nitish Kumar might just have stepped into that role.

The political plot thickened as the anti-Modi import of Nitish’s words at the JD(U)’s plenary in Delhi began to be echoed by Naveen Pat­naik of the bjd and the Shiv Sena. Some in the BJP even retrieved L.K. Advani’s name from the cold storage. And to top it, an opinion poll indicated a...

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