Modi at Saifai: Will bonhomie with Janata Parivar help the PM pass his first 'big test'?

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Keeping political and ideological differences aside, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday attended the 'tilak' ceremony of Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav's grand-nephew.

Politics behind Modi-Mulayam bonhomie
Mulayam's grand-nephew Tej Pratap Singh Yadav is going to be tied in a nuptial knot with former Bihar chief ministers' Lalu Prasad Yadav and Rabri Devi's daughter, Raj Lakshmi.

Extending a friendly gesture, PM Modi landed at host Mulayam's ancestral village of Saifai to become a part of in union of two political families of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, respectively. PM Modi was given a warm reception by his political rivals both Mulayam and Lalu. Cameras captured the 'unseen' bonding between three big names in Indian politics, a sight which will be remembered for long.

PM Modi was personally invited by Mulayam Singh for the ceremony which the former acknowledged, wholeheartedly. The PM too walked the extra mile by flying down to Saifai to attend the pre-wedding ceremony when he could have easily been a part of the wedding ceremony, scheduled on Feb 26, in New Delhi.

Political reasons for PM Modi's visit to Saifai

This bonhomie between Modi-Mulayam during an informal family function has its own political repercussions. Experts are of the view that PM Modi reached out to Samajwadi chief to garner support for the NDA government at Centre during the upcoming Budget Session of Parliament.

The Narendra Modi-led NDA government might be having full majority in Lok Sabha, but the government is in minority in Rajya Sabha. The government aims at bringing in some big bang reforms by taking the Ordinance route which need to be cleared in the upcoming session.

The Modi Government has introduced 6 Ordinances, crucial among them are Land Acquisition Bill and 49% FDI in Insurance Sector. In order to make them a reality, the government requires a better coordination from opposition parties. All these Ordinances could not be passed unless opposition parties like SP, AIADMK and NCP stand in Centre's support.

SP is the third largest party in the Rajya Sabha with 15 members, followed by JD(U) 12, AIADMK and Trinamool Congress (TMC) 11 and BSP 10. The BJP at present has 46 members in the Upper House while Congress has 67 members. With Congress already announcing protest against all 6 Ordinances moved by Centre, the government has no option but woo others.

Mulayam is not the only political rival PM Modi met

A few days back, PM Modi had even shared dais with Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar at a farmers' event in Maharashtra. It was the first time when PM Modi shared stage with Sharad Pawar after coming to power. The PM had even praised Pawar during the event.

Hence, speculations are rife that show of such a friendly gesture, just a few days before Parliament Session, hints that PM Modi is personally reaching out to his political opponents to make an easy way for his ambitious reforms.

The political watchers are of the view that the government would be needing the support of not just one party in Rajya Sabha.

Thus it will be interesting to see if the bonhomie between Modi-Mulayam and Modi-Pawar turn fruitful for the Modi government or not.

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