Enemy of the Enemy is Friend for Congress

While the Aam Aadmi of India is confused, Aam Aadmi Party is thriving on this confusion by joining hands with Congress. Strange but true.

By Rakesh Raman

Rakesh Raman
Rakesh Raman

As it was expected, Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) won the trust vote Thursday, Jan. 2, in Delhi Assembly with support from its new ally Congress, which was the enemy No. 1 for AAP just a few days ago.

Only God knows about the pact between Congress and AAP that suddenly brought them together, but one thing is clear that AAP government in Delhi suits Congress instead of having the government of its traditional foe BJP.

And now the first moral victory for Congress is that it has pushed BJP to its usual opposition corner in the Delhi Assembly, though the latter won the maximum number of seats in the recent elections.

This is a typical case of an enemy of the enemy is a friend for Congress, as AAP was equally vocal in blaming BJP for spreading corruption in the country.

While supporting AAP, Congress is playing a long-term game with its eyes on the upcoming Lok Sabha elections scheduled for May this year. The family-run party has seen a possible ally in AAP in the Lok Sabha elections also, as Kejriwal and his party are veering toward Congress slowly and silently.

This could also be a part of the secret understanding between the two parties, as they agreed to join hands to form the government in Delhi.

Plus, the bigger advantage for Congress is to push Kejriwal’s AAP as an unknown animal in the Lok Sabha elections particularly to counter the surging tide of BJP led by its Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

Congress believes that because of its image as the most corrupt party in the country, it won’t be possible for it to retain power at the Centre because Modi will defeat it in the Lok Sabha elections.

So, Congress is using all the tricks of the trade to face Modi effectively. Kejriwal is part of those tricks, as he has been trying to project himself as the most honest person in the history of mankind.

It’s expected that AAP will woo traditional BJP voters and won’t allow BJP to get sufficient Lok Sabha seats to form the government. And it’s thus assumed that the eventual arithmetic will favor Congress.

The fear of Congress is understandable, but most know that Modi is just a product of PR (public relations) campaigns. While he is riding the hype that media has unnecessarily created around him, he doesn’t have any real report card that could support his claim to fame.

Gujarat, where Modi is the Chief Minister, is not some Honolulu. Rather, Gujarat is just another backward state like others in India. However, given the bad record of Congress particularly under the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Modi can be a definite threat to the ruling party in the Lok Sabha elections.

But now Congress must be feeling a little safe in the company of Kejriwal’s AAP, which has already begun the hustings for the May elections. It’s the dawn of a new era in Indian politics where two new enemies have become friends for their own selfish interests.

While both Congress and AAP are celebrating their victory, the Aam Aadmi (the common man) stands defeated – once again.

By Rakesh Raman, the managing editor of RMN Company.

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