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Saturday, July 15, 2006

Worse Than Septic Tank Scum

India has more than it's share of horrible politicians.

But I don't think that ANYONE, even the communists, can be as bad as Mulayam Singh Yadav. What he has been up to over the last year or so is nothing short of treason. Compared to him, the likes of Modi, Thackeray, Advani, Arjun Singh, Bhujbal, R R Patil, all seem like harmless characters from Disneyland.

There is consensus amongst commentators that he will be voted out of power, and Mayawati will become CM again. I certainly hope so. Having spent a little time in UP under the CM-ship of both Mayawati and Yadav, I can say that the former's administration was many times more bearable. She might be conniving, scheming, shrill, manipulative, dishonest, and use the 'social justice' cry for her own benefit. But give me Mayawati over Mulayam any day.

Restarting student elections, going easy on terrorists, pardoning ganglords, managing to stoke an unprecedented Hindu-Muslim riot in Lucknow (that too over George Bush!), and now his sticking up for confirmed terrorists.