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Overconfidence, strategic blunders undo Digvijay

Overconfidence coupled with a series of miscalculations and strategic blunders cooked the goose of wily Digvijay, the longest serving CM in MP.

india Updated: Dec 05, 2003 14:16 IST

Overconfidence coupled with a series of miscalculations and strategic blunders cooked the goose of wily Digvijay Singh, the longest serving Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh.

He failed to read the writing on the wall even though outcry over the power crisis and bad roads became shriller and shriller by the day over the past one year - sending out signals that anti-incumbency has set in.

The game had gone out of his hand early this year as his gameplan of ensuring electricity from other states and launching a crack programme of road repairing and construction failed to take off.

This was because power was not available and a long, and almost incessant monsoon did not allow to carry out road repairing.

It was an irony that a good monsoon this year appeared to have proved bad for Singh's government as the farmer did not have the electricity to irrigate his field, thereby making him restless and angry.

This, however, gave the right ammunition to an aggressive BJP to paint Singh as 'Mr Disaster'.

Singh's emphasis on social engineering and Gram Swaraj through dalit agenda, minority agenda and 27 per cent reservation for the OBCs and neglecting the power and road scenario was a matter of skewed priorities.