The M3 Riddle Of Indian Politics
This one is the farthest removed from the musical Mp3s! Yet, there is a striking similarity between the two if you want to behold at all. Concentrating on the ‘music’ commonality the whole nation and the people of India have been facing the music thanks to M3.
M3 is consisted of naturally three basic political ingredients. The first M is Mulayam—the stalwart of Uttar Pradesh politics. Mulayam Singh Yadav’s Samajwadi (Socialist) Party had won a landslide victory in the last Assembly elections and the doting Dad in Mulayam installed his son as the new Chief Minister. Still keeping state administration largely in his hands Mulayam started looking around for opportunities to augment his Prime Ministerial aspirations.
The second ingredient is Mayawati—the erstwhile Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh who was handed a telling defeat by Mulayam in the last Assembly elections. Mayawati is no less a stalwart of state politics than Mulayam. In fact, these two Ms are time tested experts in staying rooted to feudal values and vote bank politics.
The third M is the irrepressible Mamata—the Chief Minister of West Bengal who won a historic victory over the long-ruling Left parties in the last state elections. Thanks to her coming to power her ambitions soared beyond controllable limits involving her in many a controversy over the months.
The ‘harmonious’ commonality between the M3 ingredients is that all three have been allies (based on inside and outside support) of the ruling coalition of India—the Congress led United Progressive Alliance (UPA-2). Made turbulent by the unending scams and the movement against corruption by Anna Hazare all these three have never hesitated to take full advantage of the times to join opposition forces that always wanted to corner the Government making way for early General Elections. The latest Monsoon session of Parliament was completely paralyzed by them continuing a policy plus reforms paralysis for over a year that nearly suffocated the Indian economy and growth.Continued on the next page