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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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Before the deal... Pranab Mukherjee was still placating the Left leaders back then. Above, after a Left-UPA meeting.

An essentially ideological battle—two competing visions of the future, if you like—has got personalised into a stand-off between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat. So much so that it seems almost impossible today that the next government will be big enough to accommodate both of them. But will their parties permit it? Manmohan Singh is the ruling Congress’s officially declared prime ministerial candidate; Karat is the prime mover of the Third Front. Can they come together again, despite the current war of words?

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