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When A Going Gets Tough

The storm's blown over, for the moment. Joshi's back in government if not back in favour with his partymen Updates

When A Going Gets Tough
When A Going Gets Tough
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When news of the Allahabad High Court order, staying the framing of charges against Union human resources development minister Murli Manohar Joshi in the Babri Masjid demolition case, was conveyed to Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani, he was visibly relieved. "Better late than never," he told party colleagues. It was a near-happy ending to a messy episode in which all the players involved had lost face. A respite not just for a marooned Joshi, but for Advani, the top BJP brass and the RSS as well.

The high court’s stay has allowed Joshi the fig-leaf needed to stick on in the cabinet; from Advani’s point of view, a far safer bet than having the hrd minister on the outside, reinventing himself as an icon of the Ayodhya movement with the aid of his buddies in the VHP and meddling in party affairs. In the event of a similar stay on the framing of charges being granted to the other accused, notably Uma Bharati, the campaign for the assembly elections too can continue undisturbed.

In asking the high court to review the cbi special judge’s order discharging Advani and...

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