New Delhi: After a string of major jolts, the UPA-2 government will be celebrating the completion of the second year of its tenure in a subdued manner. Rattled by the goofed-up list of most wanted fugitives and the arrest of DMK MP Kanimozhi, UPA has decided to play safe by going for restrained celebrations. Last year, the celebrations were called off in wake of the Mangalore plane crash.

Though the results of the recently concluded assembly polls in five states gave a reason to Congress for celebration, the horrendous list of fugitives came as a major setback for the government.

Despite the repeated failures, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has invited all the parliamentarians of UPA for a dinner at his residence on May 22. In addition, the PM has also invited the prominent leaders of all political parties who have extended support to the UPA.

On the occasion, the Union Government will release a ‘Report to People’ which will enlist all the works done by the Centre in the last two years. It will be interesting to find whether the issues related to inflation and Commonwealth Games will be included in the report or not. Though CWG has concluded, the corruption charges related to the game still continue to haunt the UPA government.

Similarly, the impact of arrests of former Telecom Minister A Raja and DMK MP Kanimozhi will by visible in the UPA party. After the 2G scam, it is almost certain that DMK parliamentarians will not attend the dinner function hosted by PM. DMK supremo Karunanidhi has already denied coming to Delhi.

The Congress might have shifted the blame for the 2G spectrum scam on DMK, but the recent goof-up of the ‘most wanted’ list sent to Pakistan has further humiliated the nation on the international stage.

The PM had lauded Union Home Minister P Chidambaram for his efforts to prevent any major terrorist attack in the country after 26/11, but the fugitive list has left him in an awkward situation.
However, the UPA has decided to celebrate the completion of two years in power on May 22, despite several embarrassments.

JPN/Bureau