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Politics has always been a game of power. A game where allegations fly thick and ideological clashes are routine. So much so, that one would never expect those shouting down their rivals on prime-time television debates to ever meet eye-to-eye. But can one ever make the mistake of saying never? There are times when sworn enemies have united to for political gains, in the garb of keeping at bay the ‘larger’ evil.
This Friendship Day, we take a look at five political friendships across the country that perhaps were never meant to be. Some lasted, some rekindled, some are facing tough times.
Lalu Prasad and Nitish Kumar
Friends with benefits. That’s perhaps the best way to explain this love-hate relationship between two of Bihar’s most popular leaders – Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad. Friends-turned-foes-turned-friends, Nitish and Lalu had split in 1992 after Nitish couldn’t take Lalu’s attitude towards governance anymore. A good 20 years later, the two realised there was only one way they could end the Modi wave in Bihar – if they joined hands. The rest, they say, is history.
The PDP BJP alliance in Jammu and Kashmir
Put ideological differences apart and work towards the greater good – that’s exactly what this relationship was supposed to be based on, except that it isn’t really working in either of the party’s favour. It took these two friends 49 days to decide their terms of friendship. It was only in March 2015, over a month after election results were declared, that they agreed to accept each other and form government. Even then, the coalition government had its fair share of issues and is currently facing its worse-ever phase, with the ongoing violence in the Kashmir valley.
Arvind Kejriwal and the Congress Party
He stormed to power putting out a list of ‘corrupt’ politicians in the Congress Party. He even promised to probe then CM Sheila Dikshit over her alleged role in the 2010 Commonwealth Games scam. But friendship triumphed. Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party fell short of the magic number required to form government and they turned to the ‘corrupt’ Congress Party for a little backing. Their friendship, however, lasted just 46 days.
Congress-Left in West Bengal
Some friendships aren’t meant to last. This ‘jote’ is a perfect example. Based on bad arithmetic and lacking chemistry, this ‘forced friendship’ yielded no results for the alliance in the recently held Assembly elections. If anything, it only upset each of the party cadre. While the Congress Party emerged as the largest Opposition party, the Left drove itself further into history.
AIADMK MP Sasikala Pushpa and DMK Trichy Siva
A slap at the airport is what brought to the fore the friendship between these two politicians who belong to rival political parties in Tamil Nadu. Now expelled AIADMK MP Sasikala Pushpa slapped her colleague DMK MP Trichy Siva at the IGI Airport in New Delhi. While Pushpa argued that the slapgate was resolved, her party supremo J Jayalalithaa took none of it and suspended her.