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Cat among pigeons

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati knows her politics. Now to see how the others react to her.

india Updated: Nov 22, 2011 22:37 IST
Hindustan Times

Politics is all about posturing. And when it comes to Uttar Pradesh — or for that matter any other part of India — there is no one better than Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati who always gives us, the voters, value for our ballot. As we warm up for the mega-elections for the still-as-of-now-mega pradesh UP next year, the lady in pink or blue has already got a headstart, despite not announcing that she’s dropped by to dine at Dalit homes. Okay, we know she already has the votes of certain sections in her legendary handbag, but the way the lady constantly manages to stump her opponents, there is no doubt about who has the edge in the poll battlefield some six months before Kurukshetra arrives in Uttar Pradesh. As the ancient Sanskrit saying goes, when the going gets tough, the tough gets first off the block.

While all other parties were busy doing caste calculations and the central government-friendly Congress ministers were busy attacking the BSP chief on her development record and corruption charges — how's that for the pots calling the pots a pot? — she just held her nerve and when the time came, she calmly played her trump card. And who would have ever thought that the queen of UP would want to divide her empire? And who would have ever thought that the Grand Old Party (or even the not-so-grand not-so-old parties) would have no inkling about this shrewd move? Now with the UP assembly adjourned, she has got all the contesting parties tied up in knots. With the adjournment of the assembly, she has pretty much put the ball in the Centre's court considering it will be the one that will have to decide on how to take the division of the state into four states forward.

So what makes Mayawati tick? She has oodles of political as well as common sense — two kissing cousins — and an uncanny knack to innovate. Unfortunately, we can't say the same about the other ones in the field. Yet.

First Published: Nov 22, 2011 21:42 IST