The Congress’ statement on better co-ordination with the allies may have come in any context, but it is clear that so far they had no co-ordination. This is hard fact that Congress led UPA government at the Centre is facing tough times with not only governments led by the Opposition in the states but also from the allies of UPA. The Congress does not have better ties with either the Samajwadi Party or the Bahujan Samaj Party, who are extending external support for the UPA government. Undoubtedly, in coalition politics the efforts for better coordination are made by both sides. Both, the leader of coalition and its minor partners are equally responsible for exhibiting interest in alliance. Lack of coordination was visible between the Congress and its allies from the very beginning of the second tenure of UPA government. Despite this it is tough to understand why the Congress did not form coordination committee in the second tenure of the UPA rule? Since the constituent parties have no forum to express their reservations on various issues and therefore their statements often lands the Congress led alliance in trouble. However, the Congress remains unaffected with such statements from allies, but the message is out and clear that the allies are uncomfortable with the Congress.

There is no reason that the Centre should undermine the importance of consultation with the allied parties in matters of importance. On important matters when the Opposition stands against government’s view, the ruling partners also do not hesitate in reflecting their anger. The Congress is more at fault for the lack in coordination because being the largest partner it is their responsibility to carry the smaller allies forward. Even on several occasions, the Congress itself took the lead in annoying the constituent partner. The relations of the Congress with its most crucial ally the Trinamool Congress is also a matter of deep concern. There is no surprise that the state governments led by parties at Opposition at the Centre have more problems with the UPA government. These complaints cannot be rendered baseless as several decision of various state governments are either ignored at the Centre or the Centre is trying to impose their decision on them. Atleast two dozen important decisions are lying pending with the governor in states ruled by parties who are in opposition with the Congress. The Congress must understand before it gets too late that by mere extending cooperation with others it can expect cooperation from others.