Cong will do well in Kerala, no threat to TC tie-up in WB: PM

PM Manmohan Singh voiced confidence that Congress will perform well in the election-bound states of Assam, Kerala and Tamil Nadu and there will be no danger to his party`s alliance with Trinamool Congress in West Bengal.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday voiced confidence that Congress will perform well in the election-bound states of Assam, Kerala and Tamil Nadu and
there will be no danger to his party`s alliance with Trinamool Congress in West Bengal.

Asked about the possibility of winning in Tamil Nadu
where Congress is supporting a DMK government from outside,
Singh said, "I am not an astrologer" but hastened to add that
he hopes that the ruling coalition will win.

A general view is that the DMK-led alliance is facing an
uphill task in view of the controversy generated by 2G
Spectrum issue and subsequent arrest of former Telecom
Minister A Raja, who is from DMK.
Singh, was, however very confident about party`s poll
prospects in Left-ruled Kerala as well as in Assam, where
Congress has been in power for last two terms.

"I have just come back from Kerala. Congress party has
a very good chance of returning to power there. I think winds
of change are blowing that way. I hope that the change will
materialise," Singh said when asked about the poll prospects
of Congress.
To a question on whether the party would be able to score
a hat-trick in Assam in the assembly election, the Prime
Minister said," Well I hope, I think they should do."

He added, "Government of Assam has done very well. The
fact that peace process (with ULFA) in Assam is going forward
is another factor which will strengthen the ruling party
there."

Replying to questions on the possibility of issues like
price rise creating tension between Congress and Trinamool
Congress in West Bengal, which goes to polls this year, Singh
said,"as far as our coalition partners in this alliance are
concerned, ours is a strong coalition."

The Prime Minister said, "Our alliance is as committed to
strengthening the hands of the coalition government as any
other alliance partner. There is no danger that there may be
any tension that can lead to break-up of this coalition. We
are a strong coalition, a strong government and our coalition
partner are with us."

"Left is no longer our alliance partner," was his terse
comment when asked about the possibility of re-aligning with
the Left.

PTI

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