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Off On A Bicycle

A truck with SP may save the government and the N-deal for now. But will the tie bind the Congress?

Off On A Bicycle
Off On A Bicycle
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Four years ago, Samajwadi Party MP Amar Singh was the "uninvited" guest at the UPA celebrations at Congress president Sonia Gandhi's residence. But on May 22, at a celebratory dinner to mark the occasion of the UPA's fourth anniversary, he was an honoured guest, for whom a place had been reserved at the PM's high table. When he arrived 40 minutes late, the PM—who had reached the dessert stage of the meal—rose and went across to greet him. The exchange that followed was momentous. "I hold Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in high esteem. I have great respect for him," said Amar Singh. Then, as if to remove any doubt, he added, "And this is not recent, it is from a long time." The PM's response was equally cordial, if unexpected. "The respect is mutual," he said, his voice betraying no sense of irony. "In politics, there are no permanent foes. On national issues...there should be a serious attempt to forge a national consensus among like-minded political parties."

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