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Left-Cong couple talk

india Updated: Aug 27, 2007 01:34 IST
Sutirtho Patranobis
Sutirtho Patranobis
Hindustan Times
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Politics makes strange bedfellows; it also makes for great bedroom metaphors. The season of feared nuclear winters and allusions to spring has also been peppered with talks of marriage, honeymoon, divorce and finally, sati.

Over the last 10 days, politicians have liberally used marriage-related metaphors to describe the standoff between the Congress-led UPA government and the Communists over the India-US civil nuclear deal.

It all started with CPI general secretary AB Bardhan’s comment to a TV channel: “The honeymoon (between the Left and the UPA) is over. It is time to file divorce papers.” CPM general secretary Prakash Karat followed with: “The honeymoon may be over. But the marriage can continue for a while.”

The same day Parliamentary Affairs Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi told reporters that there cannot be “honeymoon every night because then no domestic work would be done.” A bit risqué? Only if you let the mind wander. He actually meant that the Congress and the Left were going through a bad patch but would try to work out a way to resolve the crisis.

On Saturday, Bardhan came up with the highly encrypted: “We don’t want the Government to fall, but it wants to commit sati on the issue.” Numerous interpretations crowded the political air. Are the Congress and the Left hinting at unity in the “next life” after a mid-term poll? For an answer, we’ll have to wait for the next quotable quote. Perhaps something on a “love child” next?