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Leaning Towers

While in the election, the Left and Congress seem locked in mortal combat. Come May 16, and both could be singing conciliatory tunes. Here's why...

Leaning Towers
Collage Deepak Sharma
Leaning Towers
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Why The Congress-Left Have Been Squabbling
  • The Indo-US nuclear deal had become a war of egos between Prakash Karat and Manmohan Singh. The Left may not want to back him as PM for another term.
  • The fact that the Congress won the trust vote despite it withdrawing support and pushed through the N-deal rankles with the Left.
  • The pro-liberalisation policies of the Congress are out of sync with core Communist ideology.
  • The two parties have been at each other right through the election campaign. Unlike in the past, senior Congress leaders have been very critical of the Communists.
  • The Congress has worked towards undermining the Left in its West Bengal bastion. It has also tied up with its arch-rival, Mamata Banerjee.
  • A section within the Left feels that having any truck with the Congress will only dilute its agenda.

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What Could Bring Them Together
  • Fear of BJP government: If...
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