India Elections : PM open to tie-up with Left

India’s ruling Congress party would be open to discussing an alliance with communist parties after the April-May general election, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Wednesday.

Singh’s comments suggest a Congress pact with the left is possible despite their angry split last year over a civilian nuclear deal with the United States.

Leaving the door to a rapprochement wide open, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Wednesday that an alliance with the Left after the elections was possible. The Left parties responded saying they were ready but only if the India-US nuclear deal was withdrawn.

“An alliance with Left parties is possible only after the elections,” Manmohan Singh said at an interaction with members of the Editors’ Guild. “Circumstances will decide if we go with the Left.”

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