Imagine this scenario. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh puts his government on the line, as he did in July 2008 over the Indo-US nuclear deal. This time, his bête noire is not the Left Front, but the ‘People's Front' in the shape of Anna Hazare-led civil society.
Singh says that he will stick to his guns and will neither compromise on the Lokpal Bill issue nor on his government's position over the increasingly vociferous and popular civil society. As governance becomes impossible, he tenders his government's resignation. The opposition is taken aback and falls into disarray. The Left, meanwhile, doesn't want to be seen to be on the same page as the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance, so the 15th Lok Sabha is dissolved and fresh elections are called.