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Asylum in Ranchi

india Updated: Apr 29, 2010 22:09 IST

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You’d have to be a heartless beast — or the proverbial mad man from Ranchi — not to feel for Shibu Soren. The man has been ticked off by the BJP for voting against the BJP-Left-sponsored cut motions against the UPA. The truth of the matter is that the poor man was confused. Voting against the UPA’s economic policies meant voting for the cut motions. Mr Soren, his head brimming with just the word ‘against’, must have pressed the red button and then cast the ‘wrong’ paper vote thinking he was supporting his allies in the Jharkhand government, the BJP.

Which brings us to the second level of confusion. The JMM never walked out of the UPA at the Centre for the BJP in the state. So, taking a cue from those masters of bipolar behaviour, the Left, Mr Soren may have been under the belief that in Delhi he should support the central Judas government and in Ranchi, he should support the state BJP. And the man, on Tuesday was in Delhi. So...

But the heart really breaks for another man: BJP president Nitin Gadkari. After Mr Soren played Vibhishan with the BJP in Parliament, the BJP removed its support from the Soren-led Jharkhand government. Mr Gadkari, however, was supping with — to switch metaphors — Judas. Perhaps no one in the BJP leadership had told him of Mr Soren’s momentary lapse of reason; perhaps they did and he was suffering from his very own condition that makes people forget. Poor Congress, now having to deal with a confused ‘new old’ friend. But hang on, weren’t we supposed to spread the pity about Mr Soren? Sorry, our human error.