Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Amar Singh and the art of the impossible

Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists of choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable, so said John Kenneth Galbraith.

Amar Singh, the Samajwadi Party’s general secretary, would agree. He has chosen the unpalatable.

The proud Thakur isn’t reciting his curious couplets on news channels these days. He doesn’t have time from offering support to Mrs Sonia Gandhi, who isn’t asking for any.

First he gatecrashed into her dinner party to offer his party’s letter of support. There were no takers though. And then the Congress changed its Prime Minister candidate. So Singh sent the letter of support to direct to the President.

It’s tough being Amar Singh. His leader, Netaji Mulayam Singh Yadav, went back to Lucknow just in time and saved himself some embarrassing moments.

Before the results media had declared the Amar-Mulayam the kingmakers. But media got it wrong. In politics, things change quickly or do they? Once a Kingmaker Always a Kingmaker, so it seems Mr Singh believes.

His party stood in the elections at what they call an equi-distance from both the BJP and the Congress. Singh and Yadav were the lone rangers in the Battle 2004.

Today they want to be seen by Sonia’s side, something unpalatable just some weeks ago. For not being on her side will not be any less disastrous than being seen closer to the BJP.

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