New Delhi: The unity among the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) seemed to have taken a hit at a crucial juncture. As Anna Hazare’s fast against corruption gathered steam, all the allies seemed to have stayed away from the controversy deliberately putting the entire blame for the fiasco on the Congress.

The largest ally of the Congress in the UPA, Trinamool Congress has not supported the Centre’s stand on Anna, fearing the possible erosion in its vote banks on the issue of corruption.

However, West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee had favoured the Prime Minister when the Opposition put a question mark on the latter’s integrity. But she did not make her stand clear on the Anna issue.

Similarly, Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar has distanced himself from the ongoing controversy.

The Congress ally DMK also chose to remain silent on the issue. Even they compounded the problem of the government in the whole crisis by demanding inclusion of PM under the ambit of Lokpal.

Other allies of the Congress like Samajwadi Party, who are supporting the UPA from outside, have not backed the Government on the issue.

(JPN/Bureau)