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Civic Reception to President Pranab Mukherjee:Mamata Closer to UPA after Coalgate

In politics there is no permanent acrimony as such. Today's friend is tomorrow's foe, and yesterday?s foe is today's friend. The Coalgate scam shakes the UPA, but it gives chance to Mamata to fish in dirty waters.

MAMATA'S WEST Bengal will forget the acrimony of the presidential polls and now the grand felicitation will take place for honouring the President in West Bengal with a civic reception in the next month, probably on September 14.

Banerjee’s facebook appeals are still not deleted and they screamed her support for the former President A.P. J. Abdul Kalam. The dramatic u-turn occurred when she dramatically extended her support to Pranab Mukherjee.

Now Mukherjee is the 13th President of India. He is the first Bengali to achieve this honour. Now Congress is facing a big dilemma as the 'coalgate scam' BJP's attempts to rope in Trinamool Congress  in its attack against the government over the CAG report on coal blocks allocation have failed with TMC chief  Mamata  Banerjee rejecting the move. In its campaign of seeking Prime Minister Manmohan  Singh's resignation on the coal blocks issue, BJP is understood to have appealed to the TMC to join its fight. Mamata has not agreed to increase distance with the UPA in spite of its opposition to FDI. The UPA allies look more united while the BJP in spite the support of social activists like Anna Hazare and religious guru like Ramdev in their crusade against corruption appears to be a house  in disarray. Even Sharad Yadav also went against BJP and the NDA coalition is  in a poor light. There are two years left for the  completion of the  present Loksabha tenure. Even the BJP MPs will not be ready to resign for creating pressure on Congress. It is a very uncomfortable decision even for the allies of the NDA. Under the circumstance, Mamata Banerjee is no fool to go for catching ten birds in the bush leaving the sure shot in her hand. So she prefers to stand by the side of the government which is now counting its days. Corruption tinted UPA is not a problem for Mamata. She is more keen on taking advantage of the situation for the development of West Bengal. At present there is a burden of huge loan and the legacy is left by the Left Front government which ruled for three and a half decades withou ensuring the amenities of the people.

Three key CAG reports were tabled in Parliament on indicting the government of causing a combined loss of crores of rupees to the national exchequer. The much-awaited CAG report on coal block allotment said private firms are likely to gain Rs 1.86 lakh crore from coal blocks that were allocated to them on nomination basis instead of competitive bidding.Coming on the heels of the Commonwealth Games scam, the 2G spectrum issue, power and airport scams, “Coalgate” has clearly hobbled the UPA government, making its continuance in power untenable. The Comptroller and Auditor-General deserves kudos for bringing the scam to light. Mamata who usually prides on her political integrity and her has extended the support to UPA and she might have been influenced by Pranab Mukherjee in this game plan. Had the acrimonious relations been there with Pranab, Mamata who is so vocal on FDI , would not have spared the Coalgate scam. She is now keen on getting the moratorium and special economic package for West Bengal including the exemption of interest on the loans. The felicititation of Pranab Mukherjee as the first Bengali President of India is no less politically significant in spite of its civic whitewash.

 

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/images/pixel.gifMamata’s West Bengal will forget the acrimony of the Presidential polls  and now the grand occasion of felicitation will occur for honouring the President in West Bengal with a civic reception  in the next month probably on September 14. Mamata Banerjee’s facebook appeals are still not deleted and they screamed her support for the former President A.P. J. Abdul Kalam The dramatic u-turn occurred when she dramatically extended her support to Pranab Mukherjee.  

Now Pranab Mukherjee is the 13th President of India. He is the first Bengali to achieve this honour. It has been a long hiatus, during which the house on Raisina Hill has been occupied by a missile man (APJ  Abdul Kalam), a former diplomat (K R Narayanan) and a low-key career politician (Pratibha Patil ). Earlier Presidents who came from the Congress, such as R Venkataraman and V V Giri, held office in the days of single-party rule. But the  presidency of Pranab Mukherjee comes in the era of coalitions. Actually it was Pranab's political skills plus his remarkable knowledge of parliamentary affairs and economic issues that motivated the UPA to choose him as their presidential candidate.Though the President's post is virtually the constitutional head of the country, it plays a very vital role during complicated political situations. How a "political president" will impact the presidency is anybody's guess now.  On several occasions, he won over recalcitrant allies and also convinced the opposition parties to toe the government line whenever a consensus was needed in the national interest.Now Congress is facing a big dilemma as the  coalgate scam  BJP's attempts to rope in Trinamool Congress  in its attack against the government over the CAG report on coal blocks allocation have failed with TMC chief  Mamata  Banerjee rejecting the move. In its campaign of seeking Prime Minister Manmohan  Singh's resignation on the coal blocks issue, BJP is understood to have appealed to the TMC to join its fight. Mamata has not agreed to increase distance with the UPA in spite of its opposition to FDI. The UPA allies look more united while the BJP in spite the support of social activists like Anna Hazare and religious guru like Ramdev in their crusade against corruption appears to be a house  in disarray. Even Sharad Yadav also went against BJP and the NDA coalition is  in a poor light. There are two years left for the  completion of the  present Loksabha tenure. Even the BJP MPs will not be ready to resign for creating pressure on Congress. It is a very uncomfortable decision even for the allies of the NDA. Under the circumstance, Mamata Banerjee is no fool to go for catching ten birds in the bush leaving the sure shot in her hand.

Three key CAG reports were tabled in Parliament on indicting the government of causing a combined loss of crores of rupees to the national exchequer. The much-awaited CAG report on coal block allotment said private firms are likely to gain Rs 1.86 lakh crore from coal blocks that were allocated to them on nomination basis instead of competitive bidding.Coming on the heels of the Commonwealth Games scam, the 2G spectrum issue, power and airport scams, “Coalgate” has clearly hobbled the UPA government, making its continuance in power untenable. The Comptroller and Auditor-General deserves kudos for bringing the scam to light. Mamata who usually prides on her political integrity and her has extended the support to UPA and she might have been influenced by Pranab Mukherjee in this game plan. Had the acrimonious relations been there with Pranab, Mamata who is so vocal on FDI , would not have spared the Coalgate scam. She is now keen on getting the moratorium and special economic package for West Bengal including the exemption of interest on the loans. The felicititation of Pranab Mukherjee as the first Bengali President of India is no less politically significant in spite of its civic whitewash.