Kolkata: West Bengal seems to witnessing a new political equation after the DMK pullout from the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre over the Sri Lanka Tamil issue. Trinamool Congress Chief Mamata Banerjee signaled to bail out Manmohan Singh government in case of voting in the Lok Sabha to keep the CPI (M) away from UPA.

Mamata is wary of CPI (M)’s possible closeness to UPA in the changed political equation. In case of voting in the Lower House, the TMC is likely to extend support to the UPA to check the Left Party’s inclination towards the Manmohan Singh government. The West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also needs to have warm relations with the UPA for availing central assistance given the poor financial condition of the state.    

The Left Party’s electoral performance has been on the wane since 2008 when it had withdrawn support from the UPA-1 over Indo-US nuclear deal. The CPI (M) had lost 34-year old regime to the TMC in 2011 Assembly polls. Now, one faction of the CPI (M) wants to join hands with the UPA to put challenge the TMC in WB. They have started to mount pressure on party General Secretary Prakash Karat over the issue.

The DMK fallout put the UPA government in the disarray. However, the UPA managers are confident of numbers in the Lok Sabha. Meanwhile, the political analysts say that DMK's pullout threat is an empty posturing.


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