United Progressive Alliance (UPA)

The UPA was formed soon after the 2004 general elections after it became clear that the previous ruling coalition, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) had been defeated. The NDA had gotten only 169 MPs in the 543 member 14th Lok Sabha, as opposed the UPA tally.

United Progressive Alliance was given external support from the Left Front. Similar external support was also promised by several smaller parties that were not a member of any coalition, including the Samajwadi Party, the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam , the Janata Dal (Secular) , and Bahujan Samaj Party , who promised to support the government if it faced a vote of confidence.

United Progressive Alliance (UPA) is the present ruling coalition of political parties heading the government of India. The coalition is led by the Indian National Congress (INC), which is currently the single largest political party in the Lok Sabha (the lower house of the parliament of India). The Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh, and the Council of Ministers are drawn from members of the UPA. INC’s President, Sonia Gandhi, serves as the Chairperson of the UPA.

Due to the volatile nature of coalition politics in India, the constituents of the UPA have been wavering.

Indian National Congress
Rashtriya Janata Dal
Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
Nationalist Congress Party
Pattali Makkal Katchi
Jharkhand Mukti Morcha
Lok Janshakti Party
Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen
People’s Democratic Party
Republican Party of India
Sikkim Democratic Front
Indian Union Muslim League

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The new Lok Sabha, with a more dominant Congress heading a coalition having a comfortable majority with its allies, opens its first session on Monday whose highlight would be the election of the Speaker and unfolding of UPA government's plan...

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India Elections : BSP to give outside support to UPA government

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India Elections : JD(S) ready to support UPA

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India Elections : SP ready to support Congress

The Congress Party on Saturday claimed an emphatic victory in India’s parliamentary elections as voters backed secular leadership over communal politics and the continued premiership of Manmohan Singh. Samajwadi Party general secretary Amar Singh  indicated that the party would support the...

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India Elections : UPA will form the next government : Lalu Prasad

Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad on Monday said Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had shown his true colours by sharing dais with Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. He expressed the confidence that the United Progressive Alliance would emerge victorious in...

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RJD, LJP to remain with UPA : Paswan

The Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) was with the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) and would remain with it, union minister Ram Vilas Paswan said Friday while clarifying that he was staying away from the cabinet meeting in New Delhi because...

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India Elections : Rahul woos Left, JD-U and TDP

Opening the door to multiple choices after the elections, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi Tuesday made overtures to the Left and also reached out to key NDA ally Janata Dal-United (JD-U) and Third Front partner Telugu Desam Party (TDP). Addressing a...

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India Elections : Nitish may switch to UPA : Sheila Dikshit

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit in a television interview on Sunday hinted that the Nitish Kumar-led Janata Dal (United) may join the Congress after the ongoing Lok Sabha elections. The statement set political circles abuzz with the speculation that JD(U) may...

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Manmohan is choice of Cong, not UPA : Sharad Pawar

Manmohan Singh is Congress's prime ministerial candidate, not UPA's, NCP chieftain Sharad Pawar announced on Tuesday. Nationalist Congress Party president and Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar on Tuesday left the choice of the UPA’s prime ministerial candidate open, stating “it would...

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