UPA on its last legs, says Arun Jaitley, predicts early general elections

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  1. S.A.T.A

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    UPA on its last legs, says Arun Jaitley, predicts early general elections

    Buoyed by its success in stalling Parliament over the mobile telephony spectrum scandal and the victory of its alliance with the Janata Dal (United) in Bihar, the BJP today said the United Progressive Alliance government was unlikely to last its full term and the National Democratic Alliance to prepare for the next general elections.

    "We are at a strange crossroads," Arun Jaitley, leader of the opposition in the Rajya Sabha, said. "Till a few weeks ago, I used to say we have to prepare for the 2014 general elections. Today I am not willing to say with any element of certainty or confidence that the next election will only be in 2014.

    "I don't think the government, which is almost tripping by the day, can sustain the three and a half years or four years which are left," he said.

    Jaitley, who was addressing a seminar organised by the BJP's legal cell on the 2G spectrum allocation issue, asked the party cadre to be ready to take to the streets for protests and rallies in the next three months.

    The senior BJP politician said the prospects of the Left parties were dim in the forthcoming assembly elections in West Bengal and Kerala and with this the chances of a third front would diminish further.

    "We must bear in mind that against UPA and Congress there is little space for two anti-Congress fronts," Jaitley said. "The substantive space is only for one front... We in BJP and NDA have a substantive responsibility. We have to become the nucleus of the anti-UPA politics and in that situation we have to expand the NDA."

    He accused the Left parties and other constituents of the third front of frequently changing their stand vis-a-vis the Congress by supporting or withdrawing support.

    "In April there is going to be a substantive change... the Left will get a rude setback," Jaitley claimed, saying that for the first time in 30 years there would be no Left government in any big state in the country.

    He referred to the recent victory of the BJP in the Gujarat local bodies elections and in Bihar, where the party retained power with a thumping majority along with the JD(U), and said this was an indicator of the things to come.

    The eminent lawyer also attacked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, holding his "silence" on the 2G scam as one of the reasons for the present state of affairs in the country.

    "The principal office in a parliamentary democracy is the prime
    minister. The prime minister has gone into complete silence. He speaks on foreign policy and then stops at that. For some reason domestic politics is becoming alien to him," Jaitley remarked.

    He accused Singh of not taking any initiative to break the stalemate in Parliament or taking a stand against corruption.

    "It today appears he is losing his will to govern and that is the silence he is going into.... This government appears to be cracking up as though the Raj is going to slip out," Jaitley said.

    He described Singh as a "prisoner of coalition politics" who is "presiding for the last three years over the cover-up [on the 2G scam]".
     
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    An article in Outlook magazine on a similar vein

     
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    Last thing india needs is instability. This is where I like the american system. Select lawmakers separately and head of state separately. Lawmakers come and go, a govt lasts its term. This will ensure only the genuine politicians with a will to work for the country will come forward as there won't be any ministerial berth or something. No horse trading etc...

    In india the opposition only thinks of toppling govts cutting across party lines. There is sadly no constructive opposition which is really sad. I hope there is no instability at the center for the next 20 years let any party be in power. It would hardly make a difference. All political parties are the same. But stability will mean better business and more investment. Plus the next 20 years will decide who dominates the world for the next 100 years or so. And I don't want india to be anywhere but in top three.
     
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    Last leg for upa, well highly unlikely. The coailition is well in place, no one is leaving the upa so where does the question come from? Oppostion atleast needs 272 MPs with them or a few from the UPA abstaining the vote of confidence, both of which are not happening, so just by not letting the paliament fucntion and a win in bihar doesn’t mean the government will fall.

    Even if the opposition comes on the roads I highly doubt we will get to see bandhs of the scale of what one gets to see in b’desh or thailand which is how the real turn around can happen and if that were to happen rest assured that means a long term instability because once the upa was to sit in opposition they would want to give it back in kind and indian politicians are lot more mature than digging their own graves.

    From the looks of it, upa II will complete its term. Its still 2014 mr jaitley!
     
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    One doesn't know on what leg the current govt stands on, but the way they are performing is most disappointing.
     
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    I think NDA must keep up the pressure on UPA to act on corruption issue, no politician in this country ever gets punished! Even an local gunda MLA cant be punished. This is sick and people have begun to lose faith in our governments.
     
  8. S.A.T.A

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    Its disingenuous to fault the opposition parties for doing their job.Thanks to the opposition's persistence the govt has been forced to contend with what is perhaps the largest case of political graft in contemporary indian history.Since the UPA govt has decided to deliberately underplay the gravity of the issue,it became incumbent upon the opposition to bring the issue to the forefront,if the govt had not made the oppositions genuinely democratic demand for a JPC probe a prestige issue,there would not have been any stalling of the winter session of the parliament..........

    There can be no democratic excuse for sustaining a corrupt government,esp when it steadfastly refuses to heed any calls to restore national trust in the union govt.No matter what factor sustains this govt in office,its definitely not national trust.
     

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