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The Alternative A Shadow Cabinet

The Alternative: A Shadow Cabinet Romesh Thapar EVEN as the ruling caucus begins to consider the distinct possibility of losing a majority in the next general elections (even the date for voting is not announced in a civilised, democratic manner!), a host of familiar figures in the Opposition with their familiar posturings are again getting rather over-active to restore the credibilities of the person whom they tell us is their main enemy. The gang leader is the self-appointed Jat godfather, the aged, doddering Charan Singh who is claiming Opposition leadership'! Admittedly, with a certain shrewdness, he has persuaded the media, and some of its spokesmen, to describe him in near humorous terms as the 'alternative' to Indira Gandhi. It's a great game to dismiss the Opposition challenge by making the clown of the old Janata government the contender for power. No one has really bothered to uncover the truth behind the considerable effort to work out a unity strategy for the Opposition which would prevent a splitting of the majority vote which is already with it.

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