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Aaya Ram, Gaya Ram: How BJP Blunts Political Careers Of Heavyweight Turncoats

Barring notable exceptions like ex-Trinamool leader Mukul Roy or former Congressman Himanta Biswa Sarma, several top politicians like SM Krishna and Daggubati Purandeswari have been shunted by Narendra Modi-Amit Shah duo

Aaya Ram, Gaya Ram: How BJP Blunts Political Careers Of Heavyweight Turncoats
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S.M. Krishna, once a powerful Congress minister, is now a BJP margdarshak
Aaya Ram, Gaya Ram: How BJP Blunts Political Careers Of Heavyweight Turncoats
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2019-06-14T11:46:55+05:30

Congress old-timers often described their organisation—some still do—as a bheed or crowd of people sharing no common ideology or personal fondness. Patronage and a share of the power pie that the party could once guarantee glued the swarm together. For a little over five years, the crowd has been dispersing; taking refuge with new benefactors. The reason is obvious. PM Narendra Modi and Amit Shah’s aggressive BJP has reduced its main rival to a caricature of its former self, federally. Congress bastions in most states have crumbled.

Of course, party-hopping, or the more colloquial but laconic catchphrase Aaya Ram, Gaya Ram, isn’t a new addition to the well-entrenched tradition of political opportunism. But, there’s a curious twist at play here, particularly with leaders who have jumped onto the BJP bandwagon, the favourite sanctuary for most hoppers irrespective of their political stature.

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