May 7, 2009

Decision on support only after polls: Biman Basu

KOLKATA: A decision whether or not the Left will support a Congress-led government at the Centre will be taken only after the polls, Biman Basu, Chairman of the Left Front Committee, said here on Tuesday.

“I cannot pass any comment on what will happen in a post-poll situation”, Mr. Basu, who is also the Secretary of the West Bengal State Committee of the CPI(M), said replying to a question by journalists here.

He declined to comment on a remark by AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi, expressing confidence that the Left would support a government headed by Manmohan Singh. “We have given a call for forming a Third Front government based on secularism, pro-people policies and an independent foreign policy. This is a pre-poll announcement by the Left parties and their Third Front partners.”

In a dig at the Congress leadership, Mr. Basu wondered how the party could speak of the Left support when its alliance partner in West Bengal (Trinamool Congress) was saying the Left would end up with “zeros” in the elections in Kerala, Tripura and in this State. “Have they not discussed the matter [between themselves]?”

The CPI(M) leader also ridiculed the recent “helicopter tour” by Mr. Gandhi to West Bengal during which he came down heavily on the performance of the Left Front government. “None can get to know a State through helicopter tours.”

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