The King Stripped Naked

The UPA’s trust vote victory has once again proved why it pays to be cynical. I firmly go by this diktat in watching Indian politics: never underestimate the Congress party’s potential for scurviness. It is an art the party has perfected for a few decades with singleminded dedication. It is hard to find any other political party that can match this talent.

The Congress party plumbs lowlives across parties, institutions, and people. It ropes in political pimps like Amar Singh, offers its bed to the willing in the media (countless partners to be found here), forgives errant party workers, ex-partymen, falls at peoples’ feet…holds on to the last straw, its image be damned. It knows the power of now and here. You might write angry edits at how this strategy is suicidal for the Congress party, etc but I see you gritting your teeth because it won the trust vote. That matters. Now.

A trust vote won without the PM speaking on the floor. A command performance, which the Congress party’s media-whore proudly terms, Singh is King. But such tiger-like courage on paper where he roaringly dares L.K. Advani. But when was the last time “King” Singh addressed a mass rally–a gathering of non-academics and industrialists for the purpose of harvesting votes? When did he last win a Lok Sabha election? Addressing the nation over the airwaves on the grave subject of soaring fuel prices doesn’t count. Hence the roar on paper.

Dr. Singh has survived the vote and remained a King but the King is shamelessly naked. And it looks ugly and disgraceful.

6 comments for “The King Stripped Naked

  1. Manish
    July 24, 2008 at 9:11 PM

    Leave aside Loksabha, MMS has not even won a municpal election in his life.

  2. photonman
    July 23, 2008 at 8:20 PM


    Suppose the government had lost the vote. We would all be cursing the UPA of not delivering on the deal, MMS being a weak PM etc. Now that it survived, given the arithmetic and the characters we have in Parliament, did the UPA really have a choice?

    Agreed, the Congress perfected the art of winning trust votes by hook or crook – mostly by crook. But then do you think the BJP in a similar situation would’ve been any different? For example, what do you think of the BJP offering to make Shibu Soren the CM of Jharkhand?

    This is not to support any party – least of all Congress. I vote for the BJP myself, although in the present situation I don’t see how anyone can win the trust vote fair and square.

  3. July 23, 2008 at 12:56 PM

    Nice views. But there is one thing though. The congress or any other party which is in power will have many goals set. They try to achieve some of these. If they want to achieve something they believe in then they have to be in power. Which means they have to rope in people at any cost. It is for their vision to come true.

    May be we would also do the same thing. Not that it is right. But that is needed for realizing the goals.

  4. July 23, 2008 at 10:35 AM

    Another “Tryst” with Tyranny, Irony or Destiny?

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