The road to 10 Janpath: an uphill climb

July 05 2010

Congress High Command Sonia Gandhi’s abode at 10, Janpath is fast becoming more and more inaccessible to several political leaders. There was a time when Sonia Gandhi herself walked up to Ram Vilas Paswan’s house. Today, Mr Paswan can’t get a hearing with Sonia, even when he’s placed a request for the same. Lalu, Mulayam, Shibu Soren and Jagan Reddy are in the same fix. A struggling Ajit Singh faces the same fix. Jagan can only manage an appointment with Verappa Moily. Regional leaders are taken care of by Moily and Pranbada and also take care of small political issues and political alliances. Among the UPA companions, Sonia’s doors are open for only Mamata Banerjee and the man with dark glasses – south India’s Karunanidhi. For those whom she doesn’t lend a ear, it’s literal. Sonia doesn’t even accept calls from people she doesn’t want to talk to.

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