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Thursday, August 23, 2012

BJP isolated, rift in NDA over Coalgate

Trinamul Supremo Mamata Banerjee
While the BJP continued its attack on the government over the CAG coal allocations report, the party appeared somewhat isolated on Wednesday as the NDA failed to stay united, with the key ally — JD(U) — disapproving of the strategy of disrupting Parliament.

The Congress, meanwhile, not only managed to keep its UPA allies together, but also ensured that supporting parties like Samajwadi and BSP did not join the Opposition ranks.

Indicating his party had serious differences with the BJP over strategy, a senior JD(U) leader said while his party will go with the BJP’s decision for a day or two for the sake of “NDA unity”, it felt that “our senior ally’s insistence on stalling Parliament till Prime Minister Manmohan Singh resigns will not sustain as other parties are not inclined to adopt this line”.

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