Despite facing trouble on many frontiers, we, as a nation, have accepted the fact that we are living in the era where coalition is the mantra of governance. However, it is entirely unimaginable that All Party Meetings run the government. All party meeting is a rare tool, which allows government to secure the support of opposition during war or recession like crisis. Here, UPA government calls APMs almost on every issue, for which, decision falls within the purview of executive powers of the government. Indians certainly have lost the count and cause, if any APM has reached to the positive conclusion, which government can apply instantaneously. In all senses, APMs have become ‘kitty party’ of top ruling and opposition party leaders.

Another APM was called on Wednesday, 14 Dec by government over the issue that has become aching wisdom tooth of Congress party. On 13 Dec, party indulged into internal deliberations to decide the future course of action in regard with the new threats posed by Anna Hazare. What stand party has taken or which conclusion party has reached to, seemed unknown even to the Congress working committee members, leave aside opposition and people. Unfortunately, Congress party revealed its position on lokpal with multiple mouths. The scathing harangues against Anna Hazare by top four “foot soldiers” gave enough idea as where government is heading. As usual, Pranab Mukherjee came with “last spice of the recipe”, said that government could not give an assurance about lokpal Bill in winter session.

Collusion or collision:

Congress Party knows that it is on ventilator; through which, it breathes the oxygen called Samajwadi Party. Political compulsion does not allow Samajwadi Party to support the ruling alliance against Anna Hazare and his campaign against corruption in government, since gandhian has attracted huge support from Utter Pradesh, which is going for the poll early next year. In addition, Congress high command does not want to rely on Mulayam Singh Yadav, who shares the same “Minority Pie” with Congress in hindi heartland. As usual, government called All Party Meeting on Lokpal Bill keeping two intentions in mind. One is to isolate the main opposition party from rest of opposition and second is to make BJP partner in the scheme against Anna on contentious issues of the bill. Both failed.

On one hand, UPA is under pressure to fulfill the “dream” of Rahul Gandhi, who, in parliament, proposed to give constitutional status to lokpal. On the other hand, government does not possess enough MPs to see through the bill of its own choice. Anna Hazare has already threatened to go on indefinite fast again for the third time, if parliament fails to pass the bill in ongoing winter session. However, government has developed cold feet after APM; it can come up with the bill on the last or second last day of the session and leave no option for opposition. If opposition does not support the bill, UPA can easily throw the blame bonnet on opposition’s head.

UPA in ICU:

Already attracting attentions from many critics on economy, government hardly have space to maneuver on anti-graft bill. Congress is standing at a sunset, praying sunrise (Son-Rise) to bypass the dark, which seems impractical with recession becoming the catchword and corruption has already become UPA’s coronation. Certainly, Congress led government wishes to kill the time unto budget session. During budget session, it will have an excuse of election in five states including ‘Semi-Final’ in UP. Since long, Congress has adopted the policy of wait n watch, while hair apparent maps out every nuke n corner of Utter Pradesh to ensure some sort of groundbreaking recovery, which presently seems distant dream.

Show Must Go On:

Many political commentators have written Anna Hazare off declaring him steam-less now. Possibly, these commentators do not come in regular contact with people playing semi-final in UP next year. However, changing the venue of fast from Delhi to Mumbai will certainly create an image of Anna Hazare letting the government lose off the hook, as it will give breathing space to the UPA. Despite the fear of low turnout due to cold in Delhi, he should stick to Delhi, which will make Manmohan government sweat. Furthermore, in case, Anna’s health deteriorates during the fast, it will add fuel to the people’s fire against government.

‘Ifs’ and ‘Buts’

Politics is game of ‘Ifs’ and ‘Buts’ whenever one foretells the outcome. If Anna attains the same momentum again and if results of election in Utter Pradesh do not favor the Congress party (seems today), it will make government’s position untenable. With no numbers in parliament, and economy hunting the Prime Minister, positioning itself to the power will become difficult for Congress. That will surely make mid-term polls inevitable, which almost every party wants to avoid. Neither a writer is so fascinated with that idea, however, from common person’s perspective, asking for the fresh mandate in this crisis like situation may not prove a costly idea.

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