Self-discovery for the all-powerful

December 27 2015

BJP all-powerful leader Arun Jaitley has made some discoveries in a changed political environment. He confessed as much in a meeting with some close friends and aides at the information and broadcasting ministry – he said it is during adverse conditions that one realizes who your true friends really are. Sources say that when Jaitley was supposed to go to Patiala Court to register a defamation case against Kejriwal and his associates, he actually had to call up several of his “champus” (followers, yes-men) for the same. These people were the same who had become ministers only because of Jaitley. But when it came to defending Jaitley in the media and on news channels, Nirmala Seetharaman conveniently took a flight for Nairobi. People such as Piyush Goyal, Dharmendra Pradhan and Bhupendra Yadav, who have climbed the political ladder only because Jaitley was supporting them, were noticed to be avoiding the scenario. So much so that when Kirti Azad openly talked about the DDCA matter in the Lok Sabha in Jaitley’s presence, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu was absent from the Parliament. At such a time, floor management was his responsibility, but he had conveniently left the House and started for Sharad Yadav’s residence. A biography on Sharad Yadav was supposed to be unveiled there. In Naidu’s absence, the floor management was to be the responsibility of Rajiv Prasad Rudy, who could manage neither the house, nor Azad. Clearly, there is so much happening off the political stage that is enough to make Jaitley uneasy.

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