Vulnerable position: Indian coalition ally withdraws from govt

Published: March 6, 2011
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A key coalition party says it is withdrawing from Congress government, dealing a blow to the Indian Prime Minister.

A key coalition party says it is withdrawing from Congress government, dealing a blow to the Indian Prime Minister.

NEW DEHLI: A key party in India’s ruling coalition said on Saturday it was withdrawing from the Congress-led government, dealing a blow to the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, as he battles a series of corruption scandals.

The DMK, whose 18 seats gave the coalition a slender majority, said it will support the government on an issue-by-issue basis. The Congress-led government must now gain support from the Dravinda Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) on key bills and, or try to bring in other regional parties into its coalition.

The first test will come with the 2011-2012 federal budget which was introduced in parliament last week, and which must be passed in the current session. The government would fall if it loses the vote.

The latest crisis may hurt markets when they open as investors fret over the stability of the coalition. The DMK said it had withdrawn over a dispute over seats to be contested in local elections in the DMK’s Tamil Nadu state.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 6th, 2011.

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  • John
    Mar 6, 2011 - 12:35PM

    The author is misreading the political climate. Congress party has a majority in the parliament without DMK also and other parties also want to join the congress led UPA government. The present withdrawal of DMK from UPA government is actually a welcoming news for congress, where the DMK party ministers were accused of corruption. Congress was looking for a way out to shed the DMK members from it’s coalition and the seat sharing disagreement came as a blessing in disguise. The disagreement is just over 3 seats, from previously agreed 60 to 63 seats without any cabinet posts in the state assembly. The local state assembly election is of no consequence to congress in the seat sharing agreement. The DMK party is under pressure to form coalition with other local parties in the assembly elections, and congress party increased it’s seat demand from 60 to 63 at the last day knowing very well that it will be the last straw that will break camels back. Congress wish came through. It wants to clean up it’s cabinet by throwing the corrupt DMK party members out. It is a do or die weekend for forming coalition for all parties in Tamil Nadu state where DMK is contesting. Congress can wait but DMK can not, and wait did the congress. Simple local politics power play.

    As far as budget vote is concerned, Indian press and business community analyzed them well and they are actually thrilled. With the upcoming state assembly elections in many sates, the MPs just want early adjournment of Parliament in the Budget session and budget vote will not be of any issue and no government in India ever lost a vote on budget or lost sleep over it. Compare the articles in Indian Press as well. Recommend

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    Mar 6, 2011 - 6:50PM

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    Mar 6, 2011 - 9:32PM

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  • singh
    Mar 8, 2011 - 7:16AM

    Congress government has 310+ seats out of 542 without corrupt DMK thugs and corrupt karunanidhi+raja government.

    These regional party should be banned in india and india must follow americal rule of democracy.Recommend

  • kamaal
    Mar 9, 2011 - 2:30PM

    I read ET only to see how they give completely different twist to India related news..its really funny most of the timesRecommend

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