Manmohan does not rule out allying with Left post-poll

April 15th, 2009 - 2:52 pm ICT by IANS  

Manmohan Singh New Delhi, April 15 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has not ruled out an alliance with the Left after the elections, saying circumstances will decide what the party and the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) finally do.
“An alliance with Left parties is possible only after the elections,” Manmohan Singh said Wednesday at an interaction with members of the Editors’ Guild. He said “circumstances will decide if we go with the Left”.

In a point he has made earlier, the prime minister said he regretted parting ties with the Left over the India-US nuclear deal. The Left was not part of the UPA but was providing crucial parliamentary support to the government till last year.

Manmohan Singh also said regional parties could be an obstacle to the nation’s growth and said what the country needed was a party in power that had a “national perspective”.

Both the Congress and the opposition Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) have spared no efforts to run down the Third Front and aspiration of regional parties to national ambitions.

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