New Delhi: Differences between Congress and its UPA partners came to the fore yet again Wednesday with the Trinamool Congress saying allies should be consulted before
any "far-reaching" decisions are taken by the government.
TMC leader Kalyan Banerjee told reporters outside
Parliament that his party chief has Mamta Banerjee already
made their stand clear on coalition partners.
"If you want to run a coalition you have to talk to your
allies...For any decision having far reaching consequences,
you have to talk to your allies," Banerjee said.
These voices from UPA allies have come after differences
over NCTC and other issues emerged. Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh`s statement in the Lok Sabha on compulsions of coalition
politics has also ruffled feathers in the alliance.
NCP Chief Sharad Pawar had spoken against Singh`s
statement saying it had caused anguish and unease.
Mamta Banerjee had also said earlier that coalition partners should be given "izzat (respect)".
Congress has tried to downplay the issue, maintaining
that all political parties do not have the same political
understanding but this does not mean dissonance between
Meanwhile, BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said the
UPA alliance is in a bad shape and allies are unhappy with the
"UPA alliance is in a bad shape. None of the allies of
the Congress are happy. Only Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is
happy. It is not clear if this government still enjoys a
majority as has been shown in the Parliament. Congress allies
are not with it," Hussain said.