UPA Coalition: Karuna out, Mulayam angry; Nitish, Mamata in?

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UPA Cabinet
New Delhi, March 26: Politics makes strange bedfellows," the current political scenario in India aptly proves the phrase right.

The Congress-led UPA government in the centre is currently facing threat and might collapse, after its key ally DMK pulled out of the government over the issue of atrocities on Tamils in Sri Lanka. Moreover, as Samajwadi Party (SP) supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav is leaving no stone unturned to come up with the Third Front, UPA is currently on a sticky ground.

Under such situation, UPA is trying to woo Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to support the government from falling apart.

Sources in Congress say that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi are not averse to bring back Mamata and her party Trinamool Congress once again into the coalition government. As West Bengal is reeling under economic debt, Mamata too might not say no to the offer to support the government.

Government sources also say that soon Bihar will be granted backward status as demanded by the state's chief minister. Nitish Kumar in a rally in the national capital made it clear that JD (U) will support any coalition that offers special status to Bihar.

UPA's current position

Total - 539

UPA - 232

Half-way mark - 270

Congress - 202

NCP - 9

Others - 21

Outside Support - 49

TMC - 19

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