New Delhi, Apr 3 (UNI) The Congress Party today criticised the Nationalist Congress Party(NCP) for going public against it on the issue of managing the UPA, and said such a behaviour would not do any good for the smooth functioning of the ruling coalition at the Centre.
Reacting to NCP General Secretary D P Tripathi's accusation that UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi was not observing the "coalition dharma" and that the price issue was not discussed with the UPA allies, AICC General Secretary Veerappa Moily said, "This is not the way to express one's grievance in a coalition set up." The right course of action for the NCP would have been to request the UPA leadership to convene a meeting. "What the NCP has done is not fair." "UPA is a very strong, harmonious and united edifice which is well managed by Ms Gandhi, " he said, adding that the allies were free to bring to her attention their grievances so that she would consider them.
Mr Moily said Prof Tripathi had admitted that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was running the UPA government well. "If this is so, then where is the cause of action." He denied the allegation that the Congress, the coalition leader, was adopting a big brotherly attitude towards the NCP.
In this context, he said the Congress did not try to create any division within the NCP in Meghalaya.
He said the Congress staked its claim to form the government in Meghalaya as it emerged as the single largest party in the elections. "There was no pre-poll alliance between the Congress and the NCP." On the complaint of the NCP that the issue of price rise was not discussed within the UPA, Mr Moily said such issues were discussed in the Union Cabinet in which all the allies of the ruling UPA coalition had representation.
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