The political situation for Congress is dire. The Dalits in UP/Bihar are out of reach as are the Other Backward Castes (OBC). In Maharashtra the coalition with Sharad Pawar’s party is on tenterhooks. Many of the west and north states are under stable BJP rule. In the east and south Congress is at the mercy of junior partners. In Delhi proper, it is getting brutalized by the mosquito bites of Arvind (I am dengue) Kejriwal. Finally a general crisis of confidence is afflicting all major institutions (army, business, press) except perhaps the Supreme Court and the Auditor General (who bites equally hard).
Still things would have been manageable if things were stable in the one state which has almost always backed Congress from independence. Indira Gandhi used to romp home with massive majorities from a local seat. In 1991 when the first reforms were launched by Manmohan Singh, it was only possible due to the steadfast support from Andhra Pradesh (it was fitting that the then prime minister Narasimha Rao hailed from AP).
But today Andhra Pradesh is in turmoil. A Congress scion is threatening to take away coastal seats. And the splittist movement in Telangana will ensure zero votes in the interior. The only way out is to unleash communal forces such that Hindus will vote out of anger (there is no BJP in AP) and Muslims will vote out of fear (just as they did in 2009 after 26/11).
The Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen has threatened withdrawal of support to the ruling Congress government in Andhra Pradesh over the temporary shed for Bhagyalakshmi Temple near Charminar. Likening to the situation to the Babri Masjid issue, the threat comes over the arrest of 8 legislators of the party protesting against the canopy that is an alleged violation of court orders. The MIM, which has 7 members in 295-member state assembly is a crucial ally for the Congress….
Asaduddin Owaisi the chief of MIM is a truly unpleasant thug. He and his goons attacked Taslima Nasreen when she was visiting Hyderabad. The moment you hit a woman (with intention) you belong in prison for a very long time. But nothing happened because Taslima was making things uncomfortable for the Congress and she had to be booted out of the country.
Now the wheel has turned full circle. Owaisi is in prison (temporarily) for “disturbing the peace.” He has withdrawn support at both state and national level. Congress will probably green-light Telengana (it was being held back in part to pacify Owaisi). As Hindus and Muslims both get pummeled by actions of cynical politicians, that would perhaps be the only silver lining.
Taslima attack video (the comments are even more despicable than the attack itself)