If Maharashtra governor P.C. Alexander has a friend, it is the Shiv Sena chief. It was Bal Thackeray's newspaper, Saamna, which forecast that Alexander would be offered an "important post" by deputy prime minister L.K. Advani, probably in his own office. But no such offer has been forthcoming. Alexander, who went to Delhi last week to submit his resignation as governor, has drawn a blank till now. His only consolation is that Thackeray has promised to support his nomination to the Rajya Sabha.
Less than a month after being abruptly dropped as the NDA's presidential nominee, a miffed Alexander struck back by resigning. The drama, timed close to the presidential polls, no doubt embarrassed the Vajpayee government. But it also fuelled speculation about whether the inscrutable octogenarian acted merely out of pique or whether he was bargaining for another plum position before his term came to an end.