Congress ambivalent on alliances for assembly polls in five states
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Last Updated: Thursday, December 23, 2010, 22:06
New Delhi: The proximity of Assembly polls in five states, including West Bengal and Tamil Nadu notwithstanding, the Congress remains ambivalent on the issue of alliances.

"Everything depends upon the situation in a particular state", was the refrain of party General Secretary Janardhan Dwivedi when asked by reporters the AICC's stand on the ticklish issue.

In reply to another question, he, however, said the alliance with DMK would continue in Tamil Nadu. Besides West Bengal and Tamil Nadu, Assembly polls are also due in Assam, Kerala and Puducherry next year.

Party President Sonia Gandhi as well as Rahul Gandhi had remained silent on the issue of alliances at the ruling party's just concluded plenary. The political resolution adopted at the plenary had also skirted the issue.

Congress played a second fiddle to Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress in West Bengal in the Lok Sabha polls last year and there have been heated exchanges between the two sides on the issue of alliance in the Assembly polls.

"This is a time for constructive action, including in those states where we are in coalition", the Congress President had said in her opening remarks at the Plenary which also had strategies for the Assembly polls as one of its aims.

She only acknowledged the shock the party received in the just concluded Assembly elections in Bihar where the party went alone.

Her remarks that the party's future will be shaped "not by a magic wand or by any single individual", but its capacity to work together as a team, was a signal that in the days ahead charisma alone was less likely to work.

In the political resolution, the Congress merely said, "We must ensure that we strengthen the party organisation to continue to reflect a political will to craft both its own future and that of the country, much like it did during the freedom struggle and the decades that followed."

In states like West Bengal, Kerala and Tripura the Indian National Congress emphatically rejects all attempts to perpetrate a cycle of violence for political and /or electoral advantages by political parties, the resolution said in obvious reference to the Left parties.

Talking in generalities, the resolution said the necessity of coalition politics at the central level does not prevent party's state-level workers from hoping and dreaming of a larger political space wherever they may be and "we as a party must be cognisant and supportive of their aspirations."

Every Congress worker and state party unit has a responsibility to strengthen the organizational base of the party, it added.

In Assam, the Congress is ruling with the support of a Bodo party. But the AICC General Secretary Digvijay Singh had recently said that no decision has been taken on the issue of alliance with any party.


First Published: Thursday, December 23, 2010, 22:06

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