Reportedly the confusing muddle in maharashtra, that seems to have taken a decisive turn on tuesday afternoon with the governor recommending President's Rule, has brought the sad state of congress again to the fore. Meanwhile that President's Rule was the only viable solution out of the deadlock was becoming increasingly clear since the shiv sena on monday night failed to produce letters of support to back its claim of forming a government.
Furthermore Congress's dilemma is understandable because on the one hand it wants to keep the bjp out, squeeze into the power sharing equation and yet is wary of backing the Sena fearing loss of its ideological plank. Perhaps the stakes are lower for ncp, a regional outfit that needs only be in news and inch back in contention in the state and the congress, however, could have utilized this opportunity in making a statement.
Moreover had it taken a categorical stance that it won't be part of horse-trading or join hands with a political and ideological rival, it would have shown integrity and commitment to its cause that would have increased its moral and political capital. Perhaps it should have gone ahead and backed a Sena-led government, rode roughshod over ideological commitment but at least succeeded in its mission to keep the bjp out and instead, in trying to be too clever by half, it has handed the initiative right back to the BJP.