Alliances will be decided only after poll results: PM

May 11th, 2009 - 5:29 pm ICT by IANS  

Manmohan Singh Ludhiana, May 11 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said here Monday that all possibilities of alliances for government formation at the centre will be known only after the counting of votes and much will depend on the numbers that parties get.
“All possibilities will be known after May 16. I would not like to speculate on this. Everything will depend on the numbers,” Manmohan Singh said in this industrial city of Punjab, winding up the campaign for the fifth and final phase of the 2009 general elections.

Expressing confidence about the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government coming back to power at the centre, the prime minister said: “The UPA government will be formed. I have no doubt about it.”

Referring to possible post-poll alliances, he said: “Politics is the art of the possible. Those who got annoyed can be mollified.”

Asked if he would appeal to the Left parties to support a Congress government at the centre, Manmohan Singh said: “I always believed that all secular forces should come together and give a secular government to the country.”

He said that the India-US nuclear deal issue, on which the Left parties withdrew support from his UPA government last year, was “signed and sealed” and no longer an issue.

“The wider purpose is that secular forces should give a secular government to this country,” the prime minister added.

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