Why is the Congress all soft on Mulayam?

April 22 2012

Manmohan Singh’s meeting with Akhilesh Yadav went pretty nicely. The prime minister agreed to almost all the demands made by Akhilesh and also directed the relevant ministers to assist Akhilesh and UP government in whichever way that they can. Two things can become clear from this. One that in the days to come, the SP may be a part of the Manmohan Singh Cabinet, and Mulayam Singh may be the country’s next defence minister. On the other side, Akhilesh is also avoiding attacking Rahul or the Congress directly, so much so that he has not included anyone from Amethi and Rae Bareli from the SP in his Cabinet. This also indicates that in the next Lok Sabha elections, the SP and the Congress may contest as allies.

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