Running coalition govt difficult, don't know how PM does it: Shinde

Sushilkumar Shinde

Running a coalition government is an extremely difficult task, Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said on Tuesday, wondering how Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had been managing to do that successfully for nearly a decade now.

Shinde was replying to a discussion in the Rajya Sabha on the government's decision to impose President's rule in Jharkhand. The Rajya Sabha approved of the decision with a voice vote.

"Instead of administration, something else was going on in Jharkhand. It is the only state where governments don't function at all," Shinde said while justifying the Centre's decision. "It is extremely difficult to run a coalition government. In fact, how Manmohan Singh is managing to do this with success is exemplary. There are problems every five minutes. It requires a lot of will power to run a coalition government," Shinde said.

Jharkhand was placed under the President's rule, for the third time since its creation 12 years ago, last month after the Arjun Munda government was reduced to a minority following withdrawal of support by the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha.

Shinde denied the Centre was playing politics in Jharkhand. "We want democracy to function there. But the state cannot be left to suffer because coalition governments are unable to sort out contradictions," he said. Shinde said the Governor had tried for three days to resolve the political crisis before recommending President's rule.

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