Hurdles galore as UPA walks road to Ballot 2014
New Delhi: Corruption scandals past and present have cast long shadows on the Manmohan Singh-led UPA government that completes four years of its second term May 22, amid a big question mark on whether it will be back for a third time.
Most analysts agree that a government that spent most of the last four years battling corruption charges is wounded as it prepares for the coming electoral battle. There is however some divide on whether it will win it, with some arguing that there is no serious alternative and others that the road ahead is very tough indeed.
According to Nisar-ul Haq, who teaches political science at Jamia Millia Islamia university here, the United Progressive Alliance has a fighting chance as "there is no alternative to the Congress in national politics".
"Corruption charges will have little impact on the polls. People at large believe Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is an honest person," Haq told IANS.
Veteran journalist and commentator Shravan Garg was less optimistic.
BJP leader Subramanian Swamy criticised the Aam Aadmi Party for taking support from the Congress. Swamy said that the AAP has committed suicide by opting for an alliance with the Congress.
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Date 23-02-14 1:43
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Date 13-09-14 2:39
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Date 12-09-14 5:13
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