In 2004, Yadav had indicated that he was willing to be part of UPAI
but he was not given an audience with Sonia Gandhi.
Even when the Congress had only 146 Lok Sabha MPs in UPAI
and the government's stability depended on Left support, the pro-reform agenda was very much on track despite the constant carping of the Communists.
Readers will recall that the NAC was set up weeks after the UPAI
took office and, before it became defunct in 2006, had played a key role in the enactment of two of the government's showpiece achievements -- the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme and the Right to Information Act.