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Backing Cong means last year's pullout was mistake: CPM

Backing Cong means last year's pullout was mistake: CPM

Author: IANS
Publication: The Pioneer
Date: May 8, 2009
URL: http://www.dailypioneer.com/174664/Backing-Cong-means-last-year's-pullout-was-mistake-CPM.html

Ruling out supporting a Congress-led Government after polls, a senior Communist Party of India (CPI-M) leader on Thursday said doing so would be an admission that the Left parties' decision to withdraw support to the Government in 2008 was a mistake.

"We withdrew support to the Manmohan Singh government on the basis of policy differences. The Congress is still pursuing these policies. And in this situation, supporting a Congress-led government would be an admission that we committed a mistake in 2008," CPI-M politburo member S. Ramachandran Pillai told.

Asked if the Left parties would support a Congress-led government minus Manmohan Singh, he said: "We are not at all concerned about the individual. We are concerned about the policies."

The Left parties withdrew their support to the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government in July 2008 in protest against its decision to sign the civil nuclear deal with the US.

Asked about Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi's comments on Thursday, Pillai said: "His statement is considered as opportunistic and an admission of the defeat of the Congress and the UPA in the elections." Rahul Gandhi had pointed out that.

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