The Bhartiya Janta Party-led National Democratic Alliance was the first coalition government in the country that successfully completed full-term of five years at center. The BJP effectively led the NDA government, the coalition of more than 15 political parties, for complete five years in office.
The success of NDA coalition forced the Congress party to give a second thought to its years-old policy of going alone. Congress, that did not believe in power sharing at center earlier, assumed the power after forming the United Progressive Alliance in 2004 with the support of left parties from outside.
After completing more than three years in office, the UPA-Left alliance is now looking on the verge of disintegration. The matter of Indo-US civilian nuclear deal has widened the gap between Congress and Left parties, who are already at opposite poles because of their ideological differences.
The United States has now started mounting pressure on the UPA government to take strong steps to make the deal operational. On the other hand, the left parties have warned the Manmohan Singh Government to halt the deal otherwise face the serious consequences.
The whole nation has been watching the US-UPA-Left drama since past one month. The main opposition party, BJP, has even started preparing for the expected mid-term poll in the country. BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani has criticized the UPA government for its failure in four important areas such as price rise, security situation, minoritysm’ and inability to manage a coalition.
He said that if NDA was an example of an ideal coalition, the UPA has become an example of how a coalition should not be. According to him, the UPA-Left coalition would not last till 2009. The mid-term general election was imminent and it could be held even before Delhi Assembly elections scheduled next year.
The BJP leaders would definitely try to convince the voters by terming the party as the single party in the country that can provide stable government at center in the era of coalition government.