It is the season of sulks. Instead of acting like mature leaders, our political netas are behaving like spoilt brats whose favourite toy has been snatched away.
Look at West Bengal chief minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee. Still smarting after being out-flanked by Narendra Modi-Amit Shah duo in the general elections, Didi has said she wouldn’t come to New Delhi for a Niti Aayog meeting.
Mamata Banerjee has her reasons to skip the June 15 meeting; but it is more a case of licking her wounds than a case of opposition based on ideology.
Janata Dal (United)’s president and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is another person who is chafing inwardly. Nitish Kumar is said to have asked for three JD (U) MPs to be inducted in Narendra Modi’s cabinet – one each of cabinet rank, minister of state (with independent charge) and minister of state.
Modi offered one post to JD (U). A stunned Nitish Kumar decided to stay away from the Modi government. In a tit-for-tat move, the Bihar CM expanded his cabinet and offered BJP a single berth.
Nitish Kumar shouldn’t forget the numbers. With 303 seats in Parliament, Modi was being generous to JD (U) by offering to share power. And by winning all the 17 Lok Sabha seats that it contested in Bihar, BJP’s grip on the state is only getting stronger.
But if there is a king of mopes in Indian politics today then the crown should go to Rahul Gandhi.