A controversial vote of confidence in 2008 has come to haunt the second United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government. On Wednesday, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had a difficult time trying to convince a united opposition that there was no foul play in securing support for his earlier government during the trust vote.
His answer, a denial of wrongdoing, didn’t convince the opposition.
At this stage, when the UPA government is caught in a vortex of controversies, their cumulative weight is proving heavy for Singh’s government. Beyond the hunt for political scoring points, the problem is that of the government’s legitimacy deficit.
One way out of the impasse would have been for the UPA to cede some space by admitting that it has made mistakes. Its stubborn refusal to do so will only add fuel to the political fire that is now raging in Delhi.