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India's Congress regime could fall

It seems the Congress party led UPA government is slowly collapsing without providing an alternative dispensation to rule. For quite some time, the Congress party has been struggling to manage a coalition government even by offering free for all services to partners.

Indian regime under a hired PM Manmohan Singh has been implementing the IMF and US agenda in the country, resulting in rising prices. Of late, the Manmohan regime may be for fun or for sadistic pleasure, keeps raising prices of essentials on a permanent basis which is unprecedented. Common masses suffer.

On 18th Sept at long last the West Bengal’s firebrand Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee withdrew her Trinamool Congress party's support to the UPA government, protesting the proposed price hikes that directly affect common masses.

At her aggressive best, Banerjee told the media that Trinamool's six ministers -- one cabinet and five ministers of state -- would submit their resignations to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi Friday.

"We can't be a party to anti-people decisions. We had expected the government would roll back their decisions. But they have decided against it.

However, Banerjee gave a lifeline to UPA, saying she would reconsider withdrawal of support if the government took back its decision to allow foreign direct investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail, cut the hiked diesel prices by Rs.3, and raised the number of subsidised cooking gas cylinders each household can get in a year to 12.

It was the most serious hiccup yet in the Trinamool's three-year-relationship with the government that had seen Banerjee stepping down as the railway minister to form the government in West Bengal and forcing her successor Dinesh Trivedi to quit last year for hiking fares.

Banerjee lashed out at the Congress, saying the FDI decision was unveiled to divert attention from the coal blocks allocation controversy involving the government. She accused the Congress of acting unilaterally, without giving respect to its allies. "We cannot tolerate this." "If FDI is allowed in retail market, where will the retailers go? There will be a disaster," she said.   Banerjee said she spoke to UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi four days back, requesting her to persuade the government to roll back the decisions on FDI, diesel and cooking gas cylinders. "But nothing of that sort happened."

The Trinamool chief demanded to know why the government was not bringing back the huge volumes of black money allegedly stashed by Indians in foreign banks. "Somebody has to bell the cat," she said, explaining her decision Friday.  A day after the government announced its economic decisions, Banerjee had declared that her party would take "hard decisions" if these were not taken back. Her 72-hour deadline ended Monday. The Trinamool-UPA break-up comes two days before a nationwide strike called Thursday by all opposition parties against the economic decisions.

An aggressive Banerjee withdrew her support to the Congress-led UPA government, but she, however, provided a breather to Congress by saying that her party would "rethink" their decision if their four demands - providing 24 subdised cooking gas cylinders to each family, withdrawal of diesel price hike, roll back of retail FDI and decrease in price of fertilizers - are met.

But both Mamata and the Congress indicated a last minute compromise may still be possible. Banerjee announced the unexpected decision after a three-hour meeting of party leaders in Kolkata, four days after the central government unleashed a wave of capitalist reforms aimed at “kick-starting” a stagnant economy.

Already she had hinted that her party would extend support from outside, thereby allowing the government and ministers to enjoy life and complete the term without worry. The Trinamool, with 19 members in the 545-seat Lok Sabha, was the second largest constituent in the multi-party UPA. This would make the UPA more dependent on the Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party, which extend outside legislative support to the UPA regime. Simultaneously, the Congress said that it still viewed the Trinamool as a valuable ally. "Till a final decision is taken, we consider the Trinamool a valuable ally," Congress general secretary Janardan Dwivedi said. But the right wing Hindutva Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) asked the government to prove its majority in the Lok Sabha.

The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) mocked Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee's decision to pull out from the government, saying that she has still kept a window open till Friday for "reconsidering" her decision. Marxist leader Sitaram Yechury suggested that Banerjee could still go back on her decision. "We should wait till Friday," added Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Lalu Prasad. "If she is really withdrawing support, she could have done it. What is the meaning of providing a window by saying that if they will reconsider if the UPA decides to roll back? It is nothing but keeping a window for future," CPI-M central committee member Mohammed Salim told IANS.

Communist Party of India welcomed Banerjee's bold decision. "We thank Mamata Banerjee for taking a bold decision," CPI MP Gurudas Dasgupta said. Left ally Forward Bloc, however said they would refrain from commenting till Friday. "How can we comment before the game is completely over? We have to wait till Friday to see the final outcome," Forward Bloc general secretary Debabrata Biswas

For CPM, Mamata who defeated them for the first time in 30 years by any party, is a nightmare.

Ruling Congress party with longest manoeuvring experiences has already resorted to pulling all strings to somehow bring Mamata back in to coalition by wooing her with some “packages”. Whose resources any way and have the people or voters given the rulers a blanket permission to share the resources according to some formula and loot even more when an emergency situation like the one now arises? After all, people have no right to know all this. An artificial price hike has been attempted by the Congress party to stay in power.

Clearly, Congress party as the largest single party has begun preparations’ for the next poll and it wants all its coalition partners be with it for the poll. Recently, SP and BSP indicated that they would quit the coalition which obviously annoyed the regime.

Commual BJP,  impatiently waiting to form an alternative  government if opportunity comes, still wants to use the pet  communal card to win polls but that has polluted Indian polity beyond repairs.

Refusal by selfish but "patriotic" politicians to play pure politics without taking shelter under communal conspiracies  has indeed harmed India.  Communalism has become patriotism, causing non-governance or misgovernance!. People suffer... Muslims suffer more!


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