Things fall apart

Print edition : February 22, 2013

May 23, 2004: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi with Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Harkishan Singh Surjeet at the Co-ordination Committee meeting of the United Progressive Alliance held at Sonia Gandhi's residence in New Delhi. Outside pressure from the Left made the UPA-I honour some of its electoral promises. Photo: V.V. Krishnan

May 27, 2004: Releasing the Common Minimum Programme, which provided an agreed road map for UPA-I. Photo: Shanker Chakravarty

Anti-corruption rallies have drawn attention to the influence of business groups on the government. Photo: S.Subramanium

Telangana protests, like this one in Hyderabad, may end the Congress hold on Andhra Pradesh. Photo: NAGARA GOPAL

YSR Congress president Jaganmohan Reddy, who is seen as a major threat by the Congress. Photo: P.V. SIVAKUMAR

The UPA-II’s perceived lack of direction and a clear policy framework has meant that the centre does not hold. The absence of cohesion in the Congress on key policy issues aggravates the problem.
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