It’s a family affair here

Power and nepotism are inseparable. Yet sons pitted against fathers, uncles and aunts take on nephews and nieces and brothers oppose brothers—this isn’t at all strange in Indian politics. Jharkhand is no exception. As the state gears up for the assembly polls, the most engrossing of electoral battle this time are those in which members of the same family have ended up in opposite camps.

Fathers-Sons divide: Former Jharkhand chief minister Babulal Marandi believes his son Sanantan Marandi is matured enough to take his own decision. For Babulal Marandi’s Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik), the election means a crucial test as the party is raring hard to acquire some space in the state politics. But courtesy to politics, his son Sanantan Marandi has landed in a different camp and has also tried his luck, albeit unsuccessfully, in 2005 assembly elections on AJSU (All Jharkhand Students’ Union) ticket. During the 2009 general elections, Durga Soren, son of JMM chief Shibu Soren, sprang a surprise and much to the consternation of his father, contested from Godda Lok Sabha constituency as Independent.
Even husband and wife have ended up in diametrically opposite camps! The two-time Jamshedpur MP Abha Mahto is staunch follower of saffron ideology, her husband Shailendra Mahto has recently joined JD-U after being suffered a humiliating defeat on AJSU ticket in fray for Jamshedpur Lok Sabha seat early this year. If power separates, absolute power binds, it would appear. The way in which political heavy-weights are promoting their kiths is any indicator.

Sandeep Bhaskar

On the write track

Former Railway Minister Lalu Prasad is quite lonely and forlorn these days. So much so that he is finding it difficult to even bide time. Out of job after he committed the biggest blunder of his life by ditching Congress on poll-eve, the RJD chief has now decided to do something which he has not done earlier - write a book.

Though eyebrows will be raised on his literary caliber, Lalu, a Law graduate, insists he will recount the events which led to the arrest of LK Advani on October 23, 1990 in Bihar during Ram-janambhoomi agitation. Lalu was then Chief Minister of the undivided State.

One of his closest associates and now a JD (U) MP Shivanand Tiwary is not amused over Lalu’s latest announcement. But Tiwary says that the RJD president, while writing a book, should also mention about the ‘kidnapping industry’, which was the only industry which thrived during his 15-year regime. “And he should not omit the chapter on fodder scam,” quipped the friend-turned-foe.

Abhay Kumar, Patna

Reddy as Shishupala

The BJP government led by Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa is in a crisis within a year-and-a-half of it coming to power.

The CM had to face scathing remarks by his cabinet colleagues - Karunakara Reddy, Janardhana Reddy and Sriramulu. Karunakara Reddy indirectly referred to the CM as Kamsa of modern times.
He said Lord Krishna of Dwapara Yuga tolerated Kamsa’s 100 mistakes. But he did not tolerate him further as he (Kamsa) continued committing more mistakes. Krishna killed Kamsa.

“Similarly, we will not allow Kamsa of the modern day to go on committing mistakes. We, as Krishna, will also finish this Kamsa”, he threatened.

In fact, it was Shishuapala, who attracted Krishna’s wrath after committing his mistakes. Krishna killed Shishupala by using his Sudarshana chakra. The mining tycoon Reddy have to re-look into the epic to draw right comparisons with the present day characters.

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