After the withdrawal of Mamata Banerjee and her Trinamool Congress from the government, the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) at the Centre has lost a critical lifeline, putting its survival in danger, deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal has stated.
The UPA had moved into the intensive care unit (ICU) and could collapse any day, the deputy CM stated here on Wednesday in a chat with the media after visiting the thermal-energy plant at Talwandi Sabo.
"Emergency chon Centre government ta hun ICU vich chali gai hai te bahut ghat lok ICU chon bahar nikalde ne (The UPA has moved from the emergency room to the ICU, from where rarely anyone comes out alive)," Sukhbir said. "It'll be no surprise if people wake up one day and hear that the UPA has succumbed."
Because of losing majority in the Lok Sabha, the UPA government had also lost the mandate to take any policy decision, the deputy CM stated, adding the alliance in power at the Centre had become a brain dead patient on a ventilator, surviving on artificial life support, and it was time to say a final goodbye to it.
"The union government cannot survive by horse-trading with the Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) or using the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to pressurise them," said the deputy CM. "Early elections are inevitable, as people are eager to vote out the most corrupt government ever."
Sukhvir said his party, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), was prepared for the Lok Sabha elections. "We are ever ready for elections and a day's notice is sufficient for us to jump into the electoral battle," he added, looking upbeat over the developments at the Centre.