Coalition government

In the age of coalition politics, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is bound to respect the opinions of his alliance partners. He has no option to evaluate whether the demand for a ministry by an ally is justified or not? People wonders that how the DMK pressurised Dr Singh to give seven ministerial berth or eight to Trinmool Congress.

It's not ironical for the Congress that when Sonia Gandhi could sacrifice the highest post for prime minister or Rahul Gandhi politely refuse to accept the post of  minister to work for strengthen the party, whereas two former Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh and Virbhdra Singh flexing its muscles and successfully haggling for posts. It is eye opener for both the Congress and the BJP for 2014 elections that they should fix ministerial birth for each state and the Union Territories.

Muslims have played a significant role in the Congress party's showing in the elections, but they deserve some fair representation from this government at least for the ministerial berth. Unfortunately they got one less from the last cabinet.

Now Cabinet is a mixture of  intellectuals and taskmasters.

Bidyut Kumar Chatterjee

Faridabad 121005

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