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Wednesday, November 07, 2007


V.P. Singh's defection from the Congress (I) in 1987 enabled opposition factions from the Janata Party and Bharatiya Lok Dal to unite the Janata Dal in 1988.  Regional parties, such as the Telugu Desam Party (Telugu National Party), the DMK, and the Asom Gana Pa-rishad (AGP--Assam People's Assembly), together formed the National Front, led by Janata Dal, which defeated Rajiv Gandhi's Congress (I) in the 1989 parliamentary elections.  With V.P. Singh as prime minister, the National Front government earned the appellation of "the crutch government" because it depended on the support of the Communist Party of India (Marxist--CPI (M)) on its left and the BJP on the right.


BJP had initiated rath yatra to facilitate the construction of the Ramjanmabhumi Temple on the site of the Babri Masjid.  The National Front government decided to end the yatra, and Janata Dal chief minister of Bihar, Laloo Prasad Yadav, arrested Advani on October 23, 1990.  The BJP's withdrawal of support for the National Front government proved fatal, and V.P. Singh lost a parliamentary vote of confidence on November 7, 1990.

Two days before the vote, Chandra Shekhar, an ambitious Janata Dal rival who had been kept out of the National Front government, joined with Devi Lal, a former deputy prime minister under V.P. Singh, to form the Samajwadi Janata Party, with a total of sixty Lok Sabha members.  The day after the collapse of the National Front government, Chandra Shekhar informed the President that by gaining the backing of the Congress (I) and its electoral allies he enjoyed the support of 280 members of the Lok Sabha, and he demanded the right to constitute a new government.  Even though his rump party accounted for only one-ninth of the members of the Lok Sabha, Chandra Shekhar succeeded in forming a new minority Government and becoming Prime Minister (with Devi Lal as Deputy Prime Minister).  However, Chandra Shekhar's government fell less than four months later, after the Congress (I) withdrew its support.

The Janata Dal and the Samajwadi Janata Party declined after the fall of the Chandra Shekhar government.  The factional rivalry and ineffectiveness that impeded the National Front government's efforts to provide effective government tarnished the Janata Dal image. In the absence of strong national leadership, the party was rendered a confederation of ambitious regional leaders whose rivalry prevented the establishment of a united party organization.


Coalition governments have been celebrated as giving adequate representation to regional interests at the Centre, which is necessary in a diverse and multicultural country such as India. But recent remarks by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh highlight . . . (Coalition Blues, Times of India, Editorial, The Times of India, Nov 07, 2007)

Inaugurating a federalism conference in New Delhi on Monday, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh complained that regional parties and those with narrow, "regional and sectional loyalties" tended to distort the "national vision". (Divide And Rule, Pioneer, Editorial, The Pioneer, Nov 07, 2007)

Can coalitions provide the unity of purpose that nation-states need, Manmohan Singh asked today. (Pm Lays Bare Coalition Cuffs , Telegraph, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 06, 2007)

The Railways seemingly continues to thrive on "Lalunomics", as it is the LJP now, on the pattern of the RJD, that is targeting this biggest public sector unit(PSU) to ferry its supporters from Bihar and Jharkhand during its proposed rally. . . (Now, Ljp Wants To Use Railways For Its Rally , Tribune, Ambarish Dutta, Nov 06, 2007)

Dr. Kalaignar M. Karunanidhi — Portrait of a Multi-Faceted Legend of Dravidians: His Life and Times: K.S.R. Publications, No. 5, 3rd Avenue, Indira Nagar, Chennai-600020. Rs. 350. Management Guru Professor Laloo’s Rail: Sunil Jogi . . . (New Arrivals, Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 06, 2007)

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday struck a somewhat discordant note at a conference on federalism when he lashed out at the regional political parties saying "narrow political considerations based on regional or sectional loyalties could distort nat (Pm Lashes Out At Regional Parties , Pioneer, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 06, 2007)

There was something obscene about Pakistan Army soldiers entering the hallowed precincts of the country’s Supreme Court where they had no business to be, going to the Chief Justice and saying to him his services were no longer required. (Edits, Statesman, Editorial, Statesman, Nov 06, 2007)

The Sensex story blinds the nation; distracts it from more serious economic issues. (Stock Market: Disconnected From National Savings, Business Line, A N Sudarsan Rao , Nov 06, 2007)

Two such broad discernible principles of law are declared: loss of majority support to a government has to be tested only on the floor of the House and dissolution of the Legislative Assembly is to be resorted to only after the Presidential . . . . . . (Let Governors Assess Reality , Deccan Herald, K N Bhat, Nov 05, 2007)

The Congress has neither forgotten the gruesome murder of its leader Rajiv Gandhi nor forgiven the perpetrators of the crime, G.K. Vasan, Union Minister of State for Statistics and Programme Implementation, said on Sunday. (“Congress Has Not Forgiven Rajiv Gandhi’S Killers”, Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 05, 2007)

No soon do elections come around that the political parties start looking for the voters they had discarded for the previous five years. (Clueless Congress, Asian Age, Seema Mustafa, Nov 05, 2007)

While Thursday’s assault on Patna scribes by the Janata Dal (United) MLA Anant Singh, his supporters and bodyguards deserves to be unequivocally condemned, the call by the RJD for a Bihar bandh on the next day could have put the media on the . . . . (A Bandh For Journalists In Patna, The Economic Times, Editorial, Economic Times, Nov 03, 2007)

The outrage perpetrated by Anant Singh MLA is true to Bihar’s stereotype, and its grim reality. On Thursday in Patna the flamboyant don-turned-MLA and his henchmen attacked journalists, held them hostage. (Twilight Of The Don, Indian Express, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 03, 2007)

IT is said with a tinge of resignation that many areas of Bihar may not have a government, but there are parallel governments galore run by criminals-turned-politicians. (Bihar’S Bahubali, Tribune, Editorial, The Tribune, Nov 03, 2007)

"I strongly condemn the misdeeds of Anant Singh. Strong action should be taken against him," JD(U) president Sharad Yadav told reporters on Thursday in Delhi. (Jd(u) Chief Condemns Anant Singh's 'Misdeeds', Pioneer, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 02, 2007)

The Nitish Kumar-led Bihar Government on Thursday suffered a major embarrassment when a bahubali Janata Dal (U) legislator brutally assaulted some TV journalists at his official bungalow. (Jd(u) Mla Assaults Journalists , Pioneer, Amarnath Tewary, Nov 02, 2007)

A ruling JD(U) MLA with criminal antecedents and his four associates were on Thursday arrested for assaulting three TV journalists who questioned him at his home in a rape and murder case in which the legislator and his men were allegedly involved. (Jd(u) Mla Held For Assault On Scribes, Bihar Bandh On Friday, New Indian Express, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 02, 2007)

Popularly known as “Chote sarkar” in his fiefdom, the ruling JD(U) MLA from Mokama Anant Singh was among five arrested by the police today for assaulting three television journalists at his Mall road residence in Patna. (Jd(u) Mla Held For Assaulting Scribes, Tribune, Ambarish Dutta, Nov 02, 2007)

Police On Thursday arrested Anant Singh, a controversial MLA of the ruling JD(U) in Bihar, on charges of assaulting three journalists who approached him for comments in a rape and murder case in which he is alleged to be involved. (Bihar Mla Assaults Journalists, Arrested, Hindustan Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 02, 2007)

Politicians with a tainted past continue to dog the NDA government desperate for a clean image with Janata Dal (U) MLA Anant Singh being arrested for assaulting mediapersons seeking his reaction to allegations that he may have had . . . . . . (Murder Cloud On Mla, Telegraph, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 02, 2007)


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