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Gujral's fight with disgruntled parties in the 13-party coalition will become fierce

Everyone wanted to know who the next prime minister would be. Based on some weak astrological data that was available, I had stated that India's next prime minister would be a south Indian. I was wrong.

With each new political development, the astrologer is faced with the problem of collecting the correct horoscopes of the new combatants in the field. Faced the same problem, I had to make my predictions without the horoscopes of I K Gujral, Mulayam Singh Yadav and G K Moopanar, among some others. A review of the predictions shows where I was right and where wrong.

I was correct as far as the following predictions were concerned...

The fall of Deve Gowda's government during the budget session and the rise of Congress are clearly visible. As they say in Delhi, "it is only the 'fallen' that rise."

This prediction was made in December, 1996.

At 6.45 pm, I got a call from a member of Parliament -- apparently, an understanding had been arrived at. I cast the prashna again and found it correct. Then, a friend came over with the news that I K Gujral will be the next prime minister.

This was a good prediction to make on the basis of prashna kundali (April 11).

As far as a mid-term poll is concerned, the croaking frogs have to become carnivorous. But rainy season has yet to start and frogs, those who have not been exported, have yet to start croaking. (April 12).

This prediction, made on April 12, was based on sound astrological research. It is clear that the fear of a mid-term poll has receded for the time being.

The prediction that went wrong

The Indian Independence horoscope's dasha scheme shows the directions represented at the moment. Venus (south west), Rahu (south east) and Rahu pratyandaradasha will last up to April 21, by which time the United Front will have elected its new leader, who will also come from south India.

I regret that I resorted to this method, on the basis of which I generally make many successful predictions about the direction of the transfer of governments. I went wrong and I offer my apologies for it.

Today, Gujral has been sworn in as prime minister designate. It happened when the Vrischika lagna was rising with Mars (the 6th lord of fights) in the 10th house and Sun, the 10th lord of governance, in the 6th house of fights.

Gujral's fight with disgruntled parties in the 13-party coalition will become fierce. Technically, the number 13 proved most inauspicious for Deve Gowda. Constitutionally, there cannot be an interim prime minister. Our first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru was followed by G L Nanda, Lal Bahadur Shastri, G L Nanda, Indira Gandhi, Morarji Desai, Charan Singh, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, V P Singh, Chandrashekhar, Narasimha Rao and Deve Gowda with his 13-legged cabinet.

I K Gujral is the 14th prime minister. How he fares will depend on his horoscope and the oath-taking ceremony. But, judging from the time of the announcement of his election, he will have to behave like a no-nonsense prime minister. Will he do that?

Of course, I was amused when I came to know from Jansatta that Laloo Prasad Yadav had sacrificed goats to become prime minister. Finally, Nitish Kumar's light-hearted prediction about a Bihari becoming the prime minister tuned out to be correct. Gujral is a member of the Rajya Sabha from Bihar.

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