Left will not support Congress, says AB Bardhan

May 5th, 2009 - 6:45 pm ICT by ANI  

Rahul Gandhi New Delhi, May 5 (ANI): CPI General Secretary AB Bardhan on Tuesday said the Left would not support Congress-led government at the Centre.

Reacting to Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi’s suggestion that the Congress did not rule out a post-poll tie-up with the Left parties, Bardhan said, “Congress is nervous about the fact that they will not have numbers. I don’t think Left will oblige them this time”.

Earlier in the day, Rahul Gandhi said his party would support the Left if they manage to gain 190 seats in the current Parliamentary elections.

He said that the Congress was always open to post-poll alliances.

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.”

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

He also expressed confidence that the Communists would accept Manmohan Singh as Prime Minister.

“Manmohan Singh is the party’s prime ministerial candidate,” he said, adding that he was also the allies’ choice for the top job.

“He is the best Prime Minister this country can have. Allies are supporting us and have full faith in Dr Singh”, he added. (ANI)

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