NEW DELHI: It’s a tight rope walk for either side. But the Congress and the BJP seems to have undergone a role reversal.
BJP is keen to retain the status quo and the Congress surprisingly is playing the ‘ek dhakka or doh’ politics.
Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje did everything in her capacity rallying her MLAs and the spectacular mandate she won to retain her perch with the backing of the BJP Central leadership, while her challenger Sachin Pilot – the younger ambition Congress is projecting as her alternative — seeking to make her exit from the government as the high point of his politics.
Congress pooh-poohed the BJP claim that her signature in the document flashed by Jairam Ramesh was “forged’’. “It is too lame an argument. And, I’d have to say, had she wanted to, she would have denied the signature much earlier — at the beginning. It’s just a excuse to buy time and see whether the people are ready to be taken for a ride,’’ Pilot said.
Reiterating the demand for her immediate resignation, the young Pilot said that the issue was brought to the fore not simply or only by the Congress but due to Lalit Modi’s subsequent actions. “She knows the signature is hers, she never denied it. So to come out and say at this late stage that the signature is forged or falsified, that’s not something any one is going to buy. I just hope the BJP should also read the writing on the wall and not buy such desperate, tenuous argument,’’ Pilot said, raising the pitch.
Pilot also claimed that the BJP was merely buying time and not really defending her – or “defending the indefensible’’.
The war of nerves between the two parties, seemed to have stretched the media no less.