Diggy Raja admits his Political Sunset Retired hurt Apparently, Digvijaya Singh, like Indiaâ€™s most famous cricketer, has finally seen the writing on the wall. Addressing a public meeting in Gwalior in the presence of Rahul Gandhi and Jyotiraditya Scindia, he said, â€œDubte suraj ko kaun naman karta hai (who prays to the setting sun)?â€ Glancing suggestively at Scindia, the young leader who is being projected as the partyâ€™s face for poll-bound Madhya Pradesh, he added, â€œIsi liye mein ugte suraj ko naman karta hoon[/B] (that is why I pray to the rising sun)â€. Diggy Rajaâ€™s fears are shared by other partymen who had considered themselves to be first among equals for so long. The likes of Ahmad Patel, Janardhan Dwivedi, Kapil Sibal, Manish Tiwari and others are beginning to realize that their writ no longer runs in the party or in the government as far as decision-making processes are concerned. The reason for their isolation has to do with the churning that Rahul Gandhi has brought about within the Congress. The speed at which the Congress vice-president has taken charge of the party organization has caught the old guard by surprise. Rahul Gandhi is also not particularly close to any leader or group, save for the young brigade that claims to share his vision. Even though their own days in power seem to be numbered, seasoned leaders are unwilling to leave their turf unrepresented. Some like Singh are busy grooming their sons so that they can don the roles that they have been forced to renounce. Silent admirers Diggy Raja, like many others in the Congress, seems to have pinned his hopes on Jyotiraditya Scindia. But if Scindia were to cause an upset and win the polls for his party, the credit should go to not just state leaders and enthusiastic party workers but also to a section in the rival camp. There are whispers that few elements in the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh are sympathetic towards Scindia. Two reasons have been cited for this. The first has to do with the family connections that Scindia enjoys. The second, though, is because of the massive infighting in the saffron camp. One hears that a section in the party â€” comprising of supporters of Narendra Modi â€” does not want Shivraj Singh Chauhan, the current chief minister, to win the polls. These inner divisions were there for all to see during the celebrations of Deen Dayal Upadhyayâ€™s birth anniversary when Chauhan and his supporters were hooted by Modiâ€™s followers. Scindia surely wonâ€™t mind the support of his silent admirers. Diary *************************************** The Old Guard seems to retire hurt and the new Guard rises! One feels sorry for Digvay Singh, Ahmad Patel, Janardhan Dwivedi, Kapil Sibal, Manish Tiwari and others. They tried hard and were loyal to the point of being ridiculous! And the BJP is not poised any better. The factionalism is rife and Delhi is the ideal example of the power struggle. Advani, the astute politician has seen the writing on the wall and has given way to Modi, but what about the others? Will the New Guard make any difference or will they be just an old wine in anew bottle?