The Indian politics is very unique so far as the support to the Centre is concerned especially when there is an alliance like United Progressive Alliance (UPA). In my opinion, there should either be support or no support. Giving outside support to save the government from falling is nothing but black-mailing with vested interests, either to get berths in the ministry or get some of its elected or non-elected members as heads of the corporations or any other key posts or having say in the international affairs.
Whatever may be in the mind of such supporters, the things are now crystal clear with the withdrawal of support by the DMK to the Congress-led government at the Centre and outside support of SP and BSP. Even then DMK, it has not stopped it from making demands on the Indian government on issues having direct bearing on the international affairs.
Recently, the Centre has been asked to oppose the proposed meeting of Commonwealth Heads of Government being held in Colombo in November. The message of UPA government is very clear to its coalition partners that they should not cross the “Lakshman Rekha”, so far as their demands are concerned. But the DMK is busy in issuing statements asking the Centre to go its way on Lankan related issues which has no relevancy and impractical at all when the support has been withdrawn and DMK is still comfortably settled in the saddle with the outside support of SP and BSP.
No doubt, the future belongs to coalition politics, as per the Mulayam’s statement, but this is not something new.
As already said, DMK, SP and BSP are resorting to simple blackmail of senior party in the coalition under certain political compulsions but it is not the question that Congress is on its own course pursuing the policy of Gandhi, socialism and secular ideology of Jawahar Lal Nehru.
In fact, these regional parties are keeping in hand the issues to float the same during the campaigns in the Parliament elections due in 2014, which is also clear from the fact that DMK is criticising the UPA for not acceding to its demand while the BJP harping on as corrupt and inefficient governments of the day. As 2014 draws nearer, the playing of such type of games by the regional parties, once becoming a part of the alliance are betraying with themselves and the best course with them would be to think over as to how to provide their states a good and effective governance.
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