Visiting US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman on Tuesday told a group of parliamentarians here that Americas decision regarding the $ 10-million bounty on JuD chief Hafiz Saeed was meant to send out a message that the US is extremely serious about this issue as terror infrastructure is seamless and needs to be tackled holistically.
This came at a breakfast meeting organised by her for some MPs from different parties at US Charge dAffairs Peter Burleighs residence.
Although the discussions ranged from Iran to Indo-US relations,the US side was learnt to be very keen to make sense of the emergence of regional political parties in India.
Referring to the recent Assembly elections,the US Under Secretary was said to have asked whether the Congress and BJP would be able to maintain their pre-eminent positions in politics. BJP MP Dharmendra Pradhan was learnt to have stated that the next government would be led by either the Congress or the BJP and all talks about a government of regional parties or third front were nothing but a mirage. Pradhan,however,clarified that he was talking as a political analyst,and not as a politician.
Congress MP Manish Tewari was said to have pointed out that in 2007,the Congress had lost in Punjab and UP but came back much stronger in 2009 parliamentary elections. He said that it would be wrong to conclude that coalition is a permanent state of play in India.
We felt that the US side was very keen to understand how regional players will emerge as a force at the Centre here, an MP said after the meeting.