After Pawar, DMK calls UPA weak
Already rattled by Anna Hazare's anti-corruption campaign and still to come to terms with the by-election defeats, the Congress-led UPA government is now facing the heat from its allies. Aurangzeb Naqshbandi reports.delhi Updated: Oct 21, 2011 02:32 IST
Already rattled by Anna Hazare's anti-corruption campaign and still to come to terms with the by-election defeats, the Congress-led UPA government is now facing the heat from its allies.
After NCP chief Sharad Pawar's strong remarks that a series of scams have weakened the UPA-2 authority and resulted in other forces, such as the judiciary, asserting itself, it was the turn of the DMK to put the Congress-led government on the mat.
The scathing remarks have come amid Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the Congress asserting that "all is well" in the UPA.
Senior DMK leader TR Baalu said the government was "unable to handle properly"
the Hazare episode, the CAG report on 2G-spectrum scam and inflation.
"I feel the government could have handled these issues in a better way. It has not only given us a bad press but also changed the public perception about UPA's handling of corruption. This will reflect not only on DMK but on Congress and other allies as well," Baalu told HT. "The opposition is scoring points by propagating a negative propaganda and we are unable to stop that."
Baalu's remarks give enough indication that the DMK's relations with the Congress were currently on the downslide. The apparent reason for the southern party's anguish was the denial of bail to DMK chief M Karunanidhi's daughter and Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi, who has been in Tihar jail for about five months now in connection with the 2G-spectrum allocation scam.
The anguish was also reflected in Karunanidhi's decision to go it alone in the October 17-19 local body elections. However, the DMK chief was unlikely to pull the rug from the UPA government as of now since he does not want to antagonise the Congress at a time when his party was facing an onslaught from the AIADMK government in Tamil Nadu.
Similarly, the bonhomie that existed between the Congress and the Trinamool Congress at the time of West Bengal assembly elections was not visible now.
The Trinammol Congress, sources said, was upset over "inadequate financial package" for West Bengal.
On its part, the Congress too has alleged that its ministers were not being given a free hand to work in the state.
First Published: Oct 21, 2011 00:38 IST