Rahul Gandhi does not rule out post poll ties with the LeftMay 5th, 2009 - 2:13 pm ICT by ANI
New Delhi, May 5 (ANI): Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said his party would support the Left if they manage to gain 190 seats in the current Parliamentary elections .
He was responding to quries by the mediapersons who were who were reacting to his suggestion that the Congress did not rule out a post-poll tie-up with the Left parties. Rahul said that that the Congress was always open to post-poll alliances.
Addressing a press conference at the Ashoka Hotel here, Gandhi 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.
Lashing out at the NDA, he said all these parties were part of the NDA at one point of time. But now, the NDA no longer exists. It’s only for namesake.
Speaking on Advani’s question on India’s money in Swiss banks, he said, “I completely agree with him. It’s been there for 60 years and everybody agrees. Then why all of us don’t work together to get that money back? Let’s crack the problem and not waste time talking of the amount of money that is there. ”
Referring to the Central Bureau of Investigation’s decision to remove the name of the lone surviving suspect in the Bofors payoff case Ottavio Quattrocchi from its list of most wanted persons, Rahul said, “Quattrocchi issue is a dead issue. There is no interest in it.” (ANI)
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