Everytime there is a price rise or an anti-common man decision made by Congress, it’s trusted allies Mulayam, Mamata and Mayawati raise slogans against the same Govt they support and threaten to withdraw support. Then within few days, they change their tones and eventually end up supporting the Govt’s decision of price rise.
Mulayam fought Congress as hard an as bitterly as it did against BJP during the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. But immediately after the elections finished, Mulayam changed tones and suddenly found Congress a possible ally. He now is Congress’s one of the biggest allies with an outside support to the Central govt. Congress is now confident that their Govt won’t topple because even if Mamata withdraws support, Mulayam will always be there for them. Mulayam on the other hand has a very cheap excuse for supporting the Congress. He says he supports Congress so that communal forces like BJP can be kept away. How long will SP fool Indian public on this pretext?
Then there’s the curious case of Mamata Banerjee. The fire-brand CM of West Bengal comes out all guns blazing whenever UPA increases prices. She feigns ignorance, stages a mock protest rally, speaks some harsh words, talks of big decisions coming from her and then sits back and silently accepts whatever Congress has done. She has been following the same routine for the past 3-4 years now and if all goes to her plans, she will continue to follow it for the next two years as well. In case Congress gains majority once more in 2014 Lok Sabha elections, we may see the same drama for next 5 years as well!
Off the three leaders, Mayawati is probably the most genuine supporter of Congress. She rarely speaks tough against the Congress and has seldom threatened to withdraw support. Ever since CBI eased on the Taj Corridor scam cases against her, Mayawati has been a silent witness and supporter of the Congress. She always plays a wait and watch game and is more than happy to see the reactions of Mulayam and Mamata before she opens her cards.
Meanwhile, oblivious of the common man’s problems and woes, Congress keeps raising prices and keeps taking decisions which will hurt the middle class man. They know that as long as they have opportunist politicians like 3M’s of Mulayam, Mamata and Mayawati supporting them, their Govt will not fall. So, no matter what scams they commit or what decisions they take, we will just have to accept them and move on.