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'Index of UPA unity' tumbles ahead of LS polls
Posted on: 27-03-2009 , 04:: | DY365 Bureau

The 'index of UPA unity' has sharply tumbled with the PMK dumping it and the RJD and LJP forming a secular alliance with the Samajwadi Party for the Lok Sabha polls in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

The PMK is the latest constituent to exit from the Congress-led alliance at the Centre which has seen desertions earlier by the MDMK, TRS and PDP.

In 2004, NDA had seen half a dozen of its allies bidding it adieu on the eve of elections.

At the same time in the run up to the last elections, Congress President Sonia Gandhi had gone the extra mile to bring secular forces on one platform.

She had literally walked to her next door neighbour in Delhi and LJP leader Ram Vilas Paswan, approached NCP Chief Sharad Pawar, who had parted ways with her party on the foreign origin issue, extended the olive branch to DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi and others, initiating the coalition mantra.

The first to quit the NDA camp was LJP which broke away soon after the Godhra incident and its aftermath in 2002. Others who had quit the company of the saffron forces ahead of those polls were the PMK, MDMK, DMK, INLD and RLD.

Out of these PMK, MDMK and DMK in Tamil Nadu became part of the UPA while Paswan had made common cause with the Congress earlier.

The UPA which had a smooth run for over four years got a major shock last year when the Left parties, which were its key outside supporters for four long years, withdrew support to the Government on the issue of the Indo-US nuclear deal.

At that time, extension of support by the Mulayam Singh Yadav's Samajwadi Party had helped the Manmohan Singh Government to tide over the crisis by securing the trust vote which the opposition had alleged was won on money power.

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