BJP: What'll be flavour of UPA dinner without allies?
As United Progressive Alliance completes three years in office, opposition Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday claimed the government may fall anytime as coalition partners were unhappy and were not even ready to break bread together.
Chiefs of major UPA allies, M Karunanidhi and Mamata Banerjee, of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and Trinamool Congress, respectively, have said they won't attend the dinner hosted by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to mark UPA II's third anniversary in Delhi on Tuesday.
Although DMK has not given any particular reason behind its supremo opting out of the dinner, Trinamool MP and Union Railway Minister Mukul Roy has said his party chief is preoccupied with matters in West Bengal.
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Image: Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee (left) and DMK supremo M Karunanidhi's (right) refusal to participate in UPA's 3rd anniversary dinner has drawn flak from BJP
'Three years of UPA regime will be written in black letters'
During a discussion on the issue at the party's Parliamentary Party meeting in New Delhi, BJP while referring to Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee's refusal to attend the dinner, said the three years of UPA regime would be written in "black letters."
"Its allies are not happy with it. A leader of the ally party does not even want to eat food together. You can imagine the state of affairs... The UPA is not even in a position of eating snacks.
"I wonder what would be the flavour of the dinner hosted to celebrate the three years of completion of government," said BJP spokesman Shahnawaz Hussain after the party's meeting.
He said, "The completion of three years of UPA regime will be written in black letters."
Image: BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain claimed allies are not happy with the UPA government.
Photographs: Courtesy: PIB
'This government can fall anytime'
Hussain said, "This government can anytime...(fall). The government claims to have a total majority of 272, but the actual figure seems 227 as even its allies are not happy with it."
The party also discussed the "failures" of the present regime, he said. Party leader L K Advani patted the back of BJP MPs for their good performance during the Budget Session of Parliament, he said.
"The party has been able to put the government on the backfoot on many occasions during the current session," said Hussain.
Image: Hussain said that the government (led by PM Singh and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi) can fall anytime.
Photographs: B Mathur/Reuters