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Managing coalitions is not easy: Manmohan

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the CII annual general meeting and national conference 2013 in New Delhi on Wednesday. Photo: R.V. Moorthy
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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the CII annual general meeting and national conference 2013 in New Delhi on Wednesday. Photo: R.V. Moorthy

Days after DMK pulled out of the UPA, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday candidly admitted that managing coalitions is not easy and urged industry leaders to have faith in government’s determination to revive the economy.

Acknowledging that there were deficiencies in governance, Dr. Singh said the advantage of being a democracy is that the shortcomings were always put before the public.

“And there are indeed many deficiencies. Corruption is a problem. Bureaucratic inertia is a problem. Managing coalitions is not easy. But these problems have not arisen suddenly,” he said adding that the government was taking steps to revive the economy.

However, Dr. Singh said these problems had not arisen suddenly and had existed even when the economy was growing at 8 per cent per annum.

“I would urge Indian industry to have faith in our determination and avoid getting swamped by a mood of negativism,” he said addressing the Annual General Meeting of the Confederation of Indian Industry.

“We can in my view get back to 8 per cent growth even as we try to make the longer-term changes in our system to deal with these problems. And what is more, we can achieve growth of an inclusive kind,” Dr. Singh said.

The United Progressive Alliance (UPA), which will complete nine years in government next month, has run into rough weather with key partners Trinamool Congress and DMK pulling out within a span of six months.

Samajwadi Party, a key outside supporter of the ruling alliance, has also been breathing fire on several issues and criticising the government headed by Dr. Singh.

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Then why not reach an agreement with the main opposition party -between the two whoever wins more seats in Lok Sabha will be allowed to run full term without getting toppled ?

from:  ganesan
Posted on: Apr 3, 2013 at 16:49 IST

This is not something new. When the coalition is between national parties and regional parties who do not see the larger picture, there is bound to be a disconnect. This can happen also because of dual control. It can be a Sonia Gandhi who is led by some left of centre party leaders who talk of "aam admi" to cover their own interests or ,RSS who want their Hindutva
doctrine to prevail. We need a strong party at the centre with clear strategies on economics, foreign affairs and defense. MMS was honest technocrat but was not able to handle good politics. Similarly a honest autocrat from ruling a State may find it difficult to balance Hindutva and regional politics. Do we have a good alternative? None on the horizon today.

from:  S.N.Iyer
Posted on: Apr 3, 2013 at 16:26 IST

Time to Go Sir, Mr. MMS. Difficult to manage what cost. What is the reason for your inadvertent silence...A Prime minister with 10 years in power is long enough to change the whole country into a power house of 21st Century. You are talented...But i am sorry..I can't vote for you for being silent when the time was to speak up.

from:  vikram
Posted on: Apr 3, 2013 at 16:14 IST

The Prime Minister's statement suggests us to recall what Mahatma Gandhi said about politics without principles. If it is so difficult to provide the nation a principled coalition government it is better to give up the task. Let the people learn to choose a more principled government.

from:  P Purushotham
Posted on: Apr 3, 2013 at 15:56 IST

If corruption is a problem why UPA not making strict laws in parliament
rather than crying. All say MMS is a rubber stamp and it is true

from:  Dinil
Posted on: Apr 3, 2013 at 14:39 IST

it is very very easy just give them ministries where they can loot
public money without fear.

from:  Pankaj Kumar
Posted on: Apr 3, 2013 at 14:37 IST
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