And for the first Saturday of another five years of non-Shiv Sena rule, a few stray thoughts and a few general observations and a few points of view (all my own work):
Like people say forces of secularism and democracy have triumphed in Maharastra. I say Mr. Sharad Pawar has triumphed. And people say communalists and Mr. Bal Thackeray have been defeated. I say loyalists and Mr. Antulay have been defeated.
Like I see absolutely no reason why Mr. Balram Jakhar should come here today. He was lost his own seat, his party has lost in his own state, it has fost in Delhi, he was contributed zero to the Congress-i victory in Maharastra, now why should he come to Bombay to oversee our forming our government.
Like politicians must be the most unprincipled people in the world. Those who left the Congress and formed the rebel Congress just about a month back are now ready to rejoin the Congress if they get positions of power. And those who saw them rebel and go are ready to take them back just to form a government.
Like the Janata Dal may not have fared well in Maharastra, but no other party has dominated the Assembly eletions as the Janata Dal has in Orissa…what they call a complete sweep.
And I like the way Mr. V.P. Singh has kept himself out of these elections. That is how should be a prime minister must behave with dignity and concentrate on his own work and not go travelling around the country capaigning for his party. Especially if after all that the party is going to lose.
Like what the country is now looking forward to is five years of stable government everywhere. Except, perhaps, in Haryana, where I think, either the government or the chief minister should go.
Like I have not yet been able to make up my mind whether I admire the Muslim candidates who stood on the Shiv Sena tickets or feel sorry for them. On the whole, I think I admire them, though I would have admired them more if they had stood from non-Muslim areas.
Like it is all right to say that Mr. Gandhi is going to be removed as Congress chief, but give me the name of one Congressman who has the guts to remove him or the simple courage to stand up and speak against his leadership.
Like at the time of writing, India is 85 for four at the end of 27 overs. And it is still anybody's game, though more than theirs than ours.
Like from what I have been seeing of it, New Zealand must be the most civilised country in the world.
And this final point of view:
That for Mr. Pawar, it is going to be five more years as chief minister then five years as prime minister.