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May 25
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West Bengal chief minister has been ” extremely irresposible ally ” : Indian daily

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has been “extremely irresponsible ally” in the manner in which she thwarted the Teesta water-sharing agreement between India and Bangladesh, Mail Today wrote in a commentary on Friday. The Indian newspaper commented that the surprise inclusion of Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav at the dinner celebrating India’s United Progressive Alliance’s third anniversary might well be the beginning of a major political re-alignment at the Centre. It said after the SP’s decisive win in Uttar Pradesh ” there is no reason why the two (SP and Congress) cannot work out a sustainable working relationship at the Centre. The increasing bonhomie between the two parties must be viewed in the backdrop of the upcoming Presidential election, in which the Congress-led UPA was grappling to find the numbers to get the candidate of its choice elected to Rashtrapati Bhavan.” The support of Yadav’s party would more or less seal the deal in the UPA’s favour as it accounts for a vote value of 68,000 in the electoral college. This is a good 20,000 higher than the Congress’s largest and “most problematic ally”, Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress, said the newspaper. Mail Today also commented that the UPA seems assured of the support of the SP, which has 24 MPs in the Lok Sabha, it can no longer cite ‘coalition compulsions’ for its indecisiveness on key political and economic matters. It must now use this opportunity to push through the big-ticket reforms that had been stalled because of the TMC’s obduracy.

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