The last couple of weeks have witnessed a pitched battle between seasoned, time-tested, political operatives in the ruling party and the relative novices of Team Anna. It was like Dhoni’s boys belting the English on slow turning Indian wickets. The harder Team Anna tried to defend itself, the stronger the Congress party came at them.
The attack has been relentless, Kiran Bedi’s travel-gate, Kejriwal’s employer dues, a cameo by a previously embarrassed Swami who switched sides (or did he need to?) and spewed venom on his former colleagues, among other divide and conquer strategies that all played out perfectly to plan. The melodrama of August that captured the imagination of the country seemed like a distant dream. Team Anna appeared like Englishmen longing for the seaming conditions back home. The media has all but forgotten the specifics of the Lokpal bill and is in a “tizzy” over breakups in Team Anna.