Once upon a time, MGR devised a formula, successfully, to win Congress’ support and relegate Karunanidhi to history books. Which was, an electoral alliance in which Lok Sabha elections meant the national party will contest the maximum number of seats and state elections meant the regional party will. The formula has been co-opted by almost everyone in India now. Also, once upon another time, one man had supposedly rued over his money fighting his money in elections.
Times have changed. People have become smarter. Though, Mukesh still decides who will win elections. This time, he has a choice — to not let his money fight his own money. So, instead of a regional party, the Congress has to deal with an opposition leader. Modi’s threat to an ailing BJP is only too obvious. A strong Modi in Gandhinagar will not only cause significant tensions in Delhi but also directly help the Congress in 2008 when general elections seem imminent.
And, when all works well, only one side gets paid. Unfortunately, Sunil Mittal is washing linen in public since he mistimed (or was lured into, as the case may be) big brother’s gambit.
By the way — did you notice the Bachhans and Sharukh Khan being moved in predictable cycles? I suspect there will come a day when the family will have the first right of refusal for every contract signed in India.