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   By the time you read this, one of several possibilities... (July 11, 1990)

By the time you read this, one of several possibilities may have emerged, I will list some of these:

Mr. V.P. Singh, through some last minute political manoeuving may continue as prime minister.

Mr. Chandra Shekhar (washed, bathed and shaved, according to R.K. Laxman) may be the prime minister.

A national government, comprising all the political parties in the parliament and the unattacheds, may be formed.

A mid-term poll may be announced by the President.

The President may ask Mr. V.P. Singh to head a cartaker government till such time as he has worked out a solution of the present political impasse.

The Congress-I, as the larges party in the house, may be called upon to form the government.

Mr. Rajiv Gandhi may accept the invitation and form the government.

Mr. Rajiv Gandhi may refuse the invitation and offer to support any government that is not caste or communal-based and does not have V.P. Singh.

Mr. Sharad Pawar may become deputy prime minister.

Mr. Chandra Shekhar's supporters may form a government in alliance with the Congress-I.

Mr. Chandra Shekhar's supporters may form a government independently of the Congress-I, but with support from the outside of the Congress-I. In the case, all the members of the party headed by Mr. Shekhar would be ministers.

Mr. Devi Lal may become prime minister with the support of the BJP. In that case, all his family members would be ministers.

The BJP members may resign en masse and object to any government being formed.

The BJP, through some clever horse-trading may form the government.

The industrialists, sitting in the five-star hotels in Delhi with their suit-cases of money, may buy over the MPs and form a government of their choice. Which may not be such a bad idea.

Mr. V.P. Singh may just refuse to resign whatever the voting in the house.

There are several more possiblities which I do not have the space here to enumerate. But the important thing is tha whatever decision our elected representatives take today, it will be in the interest of the country.

 
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