Left rejects Congress option

May 5th, 2009 - 7:55 pm ICT by ANI  

Rahul Gandhi New Delhi, May 5 (ANI): Rejecting AICC General secretary’s claims that the Congress and the Left parties will form a post-poll alliance, CPI (M) politburo member Sitaram Yechury has said that his party was working for a non-Congress, non-BJP secular alternative combination.

“We are working for a non-Congress, non-BJP secular alternative combination to provide a government that will effect a shift in the country’s policy trajectory in favour of the people,” Yechury said.

CPI General Secretary A B Bardhan Congress on Tuesday said that the Congress had become “jittery” as it may not get the required numbers to form the government.

“They are nervous about it. So, by attacking the Left, they take care sometimes that to speak about having the Left with them. Congress is nervous about the fact that they will not have numbers. I don’t think Left will oblige them this time,” he said.

CPI leader D Raja termed the attempts by Gandhi to woo the Left parties is “an admission of their defeat” in the elections, which he said would throw up a non-Congress, non-BJP alternative coalition.

“This is an admission that Congress is losing. It is an admission of their own defeat,” Raja said.

Earlier in the day, Rahul Gandhi said his party was always open to post-poll alliances with the Left.

“Ideological differences between Congress and Left persist, but there is lot of meeting ground and reasonable amount of common space,” he said.

Addressing a press conference at the Ashoka Hotel here, he said, “If Left gets 180-190 seats, we will consider supporting them. I hope they are able to achieve that. If they are able to do that, I will be the first one to say you know what, let’s support the Left.” (ANI)

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