New Delhi: Differences in the UPA came to
the fore on Saturday over the handling of the Anna Hazare episode
with NCP saying there was no need to arrest the Gandhian.
"There was no need to arrest Hazare and prevent him from
going ahead with the fast... Errors would not have been
committed, if allies had been consulted," party general
secretary D P Tripathi said.
In an obvious criticism of the Congress, he noted that
"single party handling of the situation is not good. The UPA
should function as UPA, especially in times of crisis. All
constituents must sit together and sort these things out."
At the same time, Tripathi faulted Hazare for his "wrong"
"The issue is good but the method is wrong. Anna should
not leave anna (food). ....His statement that he would
continue with the fast till his bill is passed is
non-Gandhian...undemocratic", he said, that adding "when the
bill is in the House, no citizen has right to disrupt the
The Sharad Pawar-led party is the fourth largest
constituent in the UPA. It has two Cabinet ministers and a
Minister of State at the Centre.
The NCP also shares power in the Congress-led coalition