Sibal Spoiler in Gujarat?

November 13 2017

Is the iron grip of Ahmed Patel on Gujarat affairs slackening? Seems like it, for why else would Rahul Gandhi appoint Kapil Sibal for the tete-a-tete with the Patidar leader Hardik Patel in the current talks on the state’s upcoming polls? After all, Sibal’s track record in such track-2 diplomacy stands at zero. No one had forgotten how he floundered in 2011 during his parley with Baba Ramdev, Acharya Balkrishna and Devendra Sharma. The meeting was being held under the elegant roofs of Claridges Hotel. Things turned sour as Sibal got into legal complexities without trying for a political solution. The triumvirate left in a huff and then followed the police unleashing its might in Ramlila Maidan at midnight. It is learnt that most of the creases had been ironed out between Rahul Gandhi and Patidar Young Turk Hardik. The only hurdle that remained was the percentage of reservation for the Patel community. But ever since Sibal has gotten into his legal arm-twisting, it is learnt that Patel has started reviving his once worsened relationship with the Shiv Sena.

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