A day after Pawar demand,Cong says open to national alliance

A day after Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar urged the Congress to rethink its decision not to have any national alliance.....

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:March 3, 2009 2:31 am

A day after Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar urged the Congress to rethink its decision not to have any national alliance,the Congress on Monday said the issue was still “open”.

“All possibilities are open until a decision is taken,” AICC spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said at a press briefing here in response to queries on whether the Congress was ready to rethink its decision not to have a national alliance,as demanded by Pawar at Nasik on Sunday.

However,the seat-sharing talks between the Congress and NCP remain inconclusive,with no breakthrough at a late-night meeting held in Nasik on Monday. The parties will meet again on Tuesday.

Singhvi’s remarks were apparently a departure from the Congress Working Committee’s recent decision to have only state-specific alliances and not a national alliance.

The Congress spokesperson said that the relationship between the two parties was old. “No amount of sensationalism is going to change the basic fact that we are capable of sorting out our problems in a congenial atmosphere,” he said.

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