Sonia GandhiSonia Gandhi has put her foot down firmly and the DMK had to backtrack on the withdrawal of support issue. She said in no uncertain terms that she would not mind if the government survives or not but she does not see eye-to-eye with pressure tactics and would not want to agree to the DMK dictats. She insisted on her demand of 63 seats in the Tamilnadu Assembly and Karunanidhi had to agree.
Coalition politics has its weak points and the partners invariably try to exploit the situation. That is what DMK was trying to do – it had threatened to pull out of the UPA-II alliance at the center unless the investigations by the CBI into the irregularities of the 2G Spectrum were stopped. But the message that Sonia Gandhi has sent out means that she is in no mood to tolerate any nonsense from her coalition partners. Hers is the major party and she would expect others to accept that basic fact and work as a team.
A similar situation is brewing in West Bengal – the Trinamul Congress chief does not want to part with more than 60 seats for the Congress to contest in the Assembly polls while the Congress is insisting on at least 98 seats. It remains to be seen what sort of approach is used in this typical case. Would Sonia repeat her stand and compel Mamata BanerjeeMamata Banerjee to part with 98 seats or would she go in for a midway number? Allvoices