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Dark Room Tactics

Mulayam gets the crown after eight long years, but it could well be one of thorns Updates

Dark Room Tactics
Tribhuvan Tiwari
Dark Room Tactics
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At the end of the Lucknow farce, the physiognomy of the dramatis personae had their own little stories to tell. Mulayam, triumphant yet tense, unsure how long his innings would last. Mayawati, distracted as she contemplated a bleak, litigation-ridden future. BJP's Rajnath Singh, self-satisfied to the point of smugness for having finally had his way—dissociating from Mayawati. Congressmen Jagdambika Pal and Pramod Tewari, who have all along pushed for a tie-up with the SP, pleased with themselves.

For Mulayam, even a short-lived government is better than not being at the helm. Only by coming to power can the SP maintain its grip on UP—that's the view in the party. For its part, the BJP appears to have both lost and gained. It's learnt that it was general secretary Pramod Mahajan who impressed on the party high command that having an SP-led government in UP would give the BJP a three-fold advantage: settling scores with Mayawati by proxy, being able to whip up Ayodhya while in the Opposition and beating the anti-incumbency factor.

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