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'Sonia Gandhi's a smart politician'

While some were convinced, others dismissed her move as a political stunt.
None | By, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 24, 2006 02:36 PM IST

Indian politics is truly colourful. There, rarely, is a dull moment. Few could have thought the "office of profit" would have taken just an interesting turn.

What started with Jaya Bachchan's membership being terminated led to Sonia Gandhi resigning from Parliament. Shocking!

Well, yes and no. While a significant number of people seem to be supporting her, a larger majority seem to look through the game. Master political stroke aimed at beating BJP, the handiwork of a shrewd politician, display of sympathy politics just as five states go to polls, Sonia a competent actor, Congress' 'ordinance' game backfired, so on and so forth.

Most seem to say what worked once cannot work again. The 'sacrifice' stunt which gave her immense clout at the time of 2004 elections can't take her far this time.

The 'No' club

Sandeep from New Delhi seemed convinced it was nothing but politics.

"Mataji ka naya rang. A good calculated move before election in various states. The Congress is showing their true colour and mataji is also dyed in these colours.

She wants to rule country indirectly and is doing the same. Congress should understand people of India are not stupid and you are going to lose in coming elections. Let some good people work for India and allow PM Manmohan Singh to work freely.

Mataji will not leave her clout over Congress and always intervene in all decisions."

Varinder Sarin from Kuwait thought it was a case of Congress' move backfiring.

"As you sow so shall you reap. If Sonia Gandhi was not holding any post of profit then why did she resign and why did the government get the Parliament adjourned? What was the necessity to bring an ordinance? Democracy cannot be throttled by few self-appointed preachers of morality. There cannot be two sets of law, one for Mrs Jaya Bachchan and another for Mrs Sonia Gandhi."


SK Mehta from Geneva was frontal in his attack of Congress and their brand of politics. He drew a similarity with the Shah Bano case.

"Congress is a party of sycophants and chamchas who have no conscience or morality. They will do anything to please their master. They don't want to play by the spirit of the game.

Hence an ugly attempt to change the law by an ordinance.

The party adopted a similar tactic in the Shah Bano case by changing the law in view of the Supreme Court decision. Now, a similar attempt for Sonia Gandhi.

Appears she has some moral courage to face the law and thwarted the chamchas' attempt by offering to resign from elected office."

Rajat Khanna from Mumbai too felt it was a case policy failure.

"Sonia has fallen in the ditch she was digging for others! Serves her right.

And please, I am sick of people trying to glorify Sonia. When she had earlier 'renounced' the PM's post, she knew that she would have the 'remote-control' of government in her hands. What's the big deal anyway? Even Bal Thackeray renounced the CM's post while the Shiv Sena was in power in Maharashtra.

And now, Sonia's resignation as MP has come after her dirty little secret leaked: the Congress was planning to change the law so that Sonia could keep her MP seat. By the way, Sonia plans to re-contest for Lok Sabha seat and get back into Parliament. Who do you think is going to pay for this drama-cum-election? India's taxpayers?"

New Delhi's Ranbir Bose thought Sonia Gandhi could qualify to be a good actress.

"Sonia is an artist specialising in sympathy politics. She may emerge stronger because we are a nation of gullible, simple and illiterate fools. So she will continue to successfully fool us as she has done in the past."

SV Raman from Bakersville, USA put it very logically.

"The action of Sonia Gandhi to step down would have been appreciated before leak of ordinance or immediately after Jaya's disqualification. It would have made her to emerge stronger as a leader."

Subhash Goel of Douglas, USA thought Indians had a natural gift at deification.

"Sonia's decision to resign from Lok Sabha is a shrewd politician's decision. She has learnt how to play with the sentiments of illiterate voters. It is not that she is a leader. She is very cunning politician. If she feels that she has not done any thing wrong then she should have stayed. If she feels she was wrong and she want to show us that she is an honest politician then she should not talk of re-election.

Indian English media made her saint when she decided not to become PM but now everybody knows who is the real PM of India. She controls everything without any responsibility. The same media is going to make her saint again. Please educate the people that she is not a role model politician, rather an opportunist."

Kolkata's BK Ganeriwalla insisted innovation was key to political survival. Why repeat tactics?

"No, these tactics will not click every time," he stated emphatically.

The 'Yes' club

Well, if we thought people would refuse to acknowledge her decision, think again. There were quite a few who thought otherwise.

Many people felt she indeed cast in a different mould.

"Yes, Mrs Gandhi is a role model for the upcoming new and young politician, she had shown once again that she is not in politics for the sake of power, but to serve the nation that is India. God bless the nation with such politicians who are dedicated to the service of the nation and to the poor," Anil Kanojia of Mumbai.

P Mathew from USA felt only leaders like her could protect the secular fabric of India.

"Indeed. We do not have any other leaders today with her mind of servitude and commitment to the cause of India, upholding the secular fabric of the country. It seems everyone else regardless of their party affiliation is for self-gratification and indulgence. Let Sonia lead the nation, let India be a free country!"

Dubai's Sayed too thought on similar groups

"Of course Soniaji is a role model in politics. She has never looked for her profit. She has always try to give something to the nation, to build a strong nation."

Sarbjit Singh from Petaling Jaya, Malaysia too felt criticism against was unjustified.

"Sonia Gandhi has proven time and again that she does not fear the loss of a political post. She seems to be genuinely guided by her conscience. Can other politicians learn from her?"

Amit Sharma of New Delhi too felt she was practising value-based politics.

"Once again, Mrs Gandhi has shown that she does value-based politics and now it's up to others to follows the same track."

A masterly political stroke or guided by conscience -- time alone will tell.

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