Cong soft pedals Pawar`s reax to PM`s comments

Cong soft-pedalled Sharad Pawar`s remarks expressing anguish over PM saying diffiicult decisions become more difficult in coalition politics.

Updated: Mar 21, 2012, 00:00 AM IST

New Delhi: Congress on Tuesday soft-pedalled NCP
chief Sharad Pawar`s remarks expressing anguish over Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh saying diffiicult decisions become
more difficult in coalition politics.

"We have treated all our allies with extreme sensitivity
and with utmost courtesy", party spokesman Manish Tewari said
when asked about Pawar`s remarks that that Prime Minister`s
comment on compulsion of coalition politics has caused anguish
and unease.

Tewari said that in a coalition arrangement, every
political party does not come from the same political
understanding.
"So, therefore, at times there is a divergence within the
coalition with regard to your understanding on a particular
issue. But that divergence essentially does not mean
disconsonance in the coalition", he said.

Congress, he said, works with its allies and "tries to
walk that extra mile. We try to convince them with regard to
the merits and imperatives of the proposals that we make. If
we are not able to generate consensus, then whatever is the
best sub-optimal solution available, we settle for that and
that is the manner the coalition governments really run."
He said this has been the experience of this country
from 1996 till 2012 because "we have now been seeing coalition
governments for over 15 years."

PTI