1 min read.Updated: 21 Jun 2022, 11:14 PM ISTLivemint
As matters of core ideology have increasingly come to shape policy in both polities, the stability of these awkward ruling formations was always in doubt
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Are ideologically diverse coalitions in politics doomed to perpetual fragility? Israel looks headed for fresh polls after its Naftali Bennett-led government came apart. It was held together by Bennett’s rightist party and foreign minister Yair Lapid’s centrists, with support from others, including a leftish Arab party, and it cracked up over an issue sensitive to Israeli Arabs. Back home, the Maha Vikas Aghadi government in Maharashtra, formed by the left-of-centre Congress and Nationalist Congress Party in alliance with the right-wing Shiv Sena, has been wracked by the Hindutva loyalties of some Sena legislators who seem bent on breaking away to join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).