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Welcome To Booty Zone

A peeved NCP-Congress ally pulls out, opening a season of defections and suitcase politics

Welcome To Booty Zone
Atul Loke
Welcome To Booty Zone
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The grapevine, meanwhile, keeps ticking. Rumours of one more MLA having crossed over to the Sena-BJP, or a disgruntled Sena man joining Sharad Pawar's Nationalist Congress Party abound. Claims and counter claims have added to the confusion. As suitcase politics took over, there was wild speculation on who had been bought, sold and for how much. At the end of the week, analysts feel, it'll still be touch and go.

Such is the uncertainty that everyone's pushed the panic button. In a desperate effort to protect its flock, a panic-struck NCP flew a majority of its MLAs to Indore. The Congress MLAs, meanwhile, are cooling their heels in Bangalore under the watchful eyes of Karnataka chief minister S.M. Krishna. And the Sena has its people 'detained' at the Matoshree Club in Goregaon, suburban Mumbai. As one MLA put it, the game being played out is akin to "UP-style politics".

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