‘Congress, Left post-poll alliance possible’

‘Congress, Left post-poll alliance possible’
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First Published: Fri, Apr 24 2009. 05 49 PM IST
Updated: Fri, Apr 24 2009. 05 49 PM IST
New Delhi: West Bengal chief minister and senior CPI(M) leader Buddhadeb Bhattacharya has not ruled out the possibility of the Left parties working with Congress again if the situation warrants after the Lok Sabha polls.
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“We are not committing anything.... After elections, when the situation will arise, we will discuss on the concrete situation at that time,” he said when asked whether Left parties could again “ally” with the Congress to keep BJP out if the situation demands.
He told CNN-IBN that the Left parties at present are “busy with the task to defeat both the Congress and the BJP.”
Asked whether Left parties, like in 2004, would again remain out of government if they get a chance to be part of it, Bhattacharya said, “History does not repeat itself. What happened in 2004, I don’t think its going to get repeated again.”
He referred to 1996 when the Left parties rejected the idea of Jyoti Basu becoming the Prime Minister and said, “we discussed and decided that if situation demands and if we can play a meaningful role in the Government, then we have to think over and we may join this Government.”
On Congress, the CPI(M) leader said the Left parties had no problem with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as an individual but were opposed to his policies.
Fight against underdevelopment more important: Rahul
Purulia: Admitting that fight against terrorism is important, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday asserted that fighting underdevelopment in the country is more important.
“It is true that fight against terrorism is important, but ... it is more important to fight underdevelopment in India,” Gandhi said during his first election rally here in West Bengal.
Accusing the CPI (M)-led Left Front government of ignoring problems of the economically backward sections in this part of the state, Gandhi said, “there is more hunger in Purulia than in the entire country.
“The state government has been forgetting this district which is (one of) the most backward in India,” AICC general secretary alleged in his 20-minute speech.
“Your state government has been forgetting you and your problems .... central funds for development programmes do not reach you,” he added.
In support of his contention, the Congress leader told the gathering that 40% of central funds for West Bengal remained unutilized.
“There is not even 20 days work among the 100 days (under Nrega) ... Only 950 of four lakh people have got job cards under this programme. Look at Andhra Pradesh which has computerized data on those who have got employment,” he said.
West Bengal goes to three-phase polls beginning 30 April.
Corruption, mismanagement marked UPA rule: Shourie
Ahmedabad: Unprecedented level of corruption, total neglect of internal security, misuse of institutions and undermining of norms marked the five years’ rule of the UPA government, alleged BJP leader Arun Shourie here on Friday.
He told reporters that UPA government set new records on misusing institutions like CBI and governor’s office.
Shourie said that CBI has become Congress Bureau of Investigation under the UPA government.
“Like Lok Sabha election of 1977, election of 2009 are also as vital in many ways. First of all, mismanagement of economy and then internal security,” he said, adding that the UPA government is trying to use global recession as an excuse to cover up its mismanagement.
The country has never seen such a high level of deficit into the GDP. Presently, deficit has reached 11%, Shourie, the former disinvestment minister in the NDA government said.
On the internal security, he said that Naxalites and Maoists control 170 districts in the country and were successful in creating a “red corridor” from Nepal to Andhra Pradesh.
He charged UPA government with stalling the police reforms initiated by the NDA government when LK Advani was home minister.
Shourie however said if the PM and CM are from the same party like Modi and Advani, it will help Gujarat develop further.
He also attacked Congress for its stand on the issue of black money stashed away in foreign banks, saying its not a BJP or Congress issue but a national issue.
The leader hit out at UPA government for stopping reforms in every sector and said that India will have to pay a heavy price for not carrying forward the reforms introduced by NDA.
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First Published: Fri, Apr 24 2009. 05 49 PM IST