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.