‘Congress prefers Left over regional allies’

In the eyes of Congress, most Communists are ‘pragmatic`, WikiLeaks revealed.

Updated: Mar 27, 2011, 10:43 AM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: UPA chairperson and Congress president Sonia Gandhi was more comfortable working with the Left than with the regional allies in UPA-1. This was an assessment by the US which was revealed by WikiLeaks, published by a leading national daily on Sunday as part of its series "The India Cables".

A US diplomatic cable dated April 6, 2005, marked confidential under the name of Ambassador David Mulford, said Sonia and the Congress leadership complain about Communist obstruction, but are convinced that these parties, although ideological, are not ‘irresponsible’.
“In the eyes of Congress leaders, most Communists are ‘pragmatic’, projecting an image of looking after the poor and downtrodden, in order to mollify the party faithful, while not preventing government from functioning,” the cable quoted Mulford as saying.
“Several interlocutors claimed that the weekly meetings with the Communists, also attended by Mrs Gandhi, are more important than the UPA Steering Committee meetings,” WikiLeaks quoted the US Ambassador as saying.

“Congress has determined that it will put forward no significant economic initiative without first vetting it with the Communists,” it said.

The cable, however added, “While many in the Congress inner circle have some affinity with the Communists and work together with them on selected issues, they view the regional satraps of the UPA allies with disdain, and prefer to keep them at arm`s length.”