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Saroj Nagi, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, May 05, 2009
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday made strong overtures to National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and Third Front partners. He appeared to seek allies for the Congress, envisaging a post-poll situation where Manmohan Singh emerges as prime minister again. Gandhi said the Congress was ready for post-poll alliances, reaching out to the Left and praising Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar as well as Telugu Desam Party chief Chandrababu Naidu.

He said existing NDA allies like the Janata Dal (United) and former allies like J Jayalalithaa’s All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam were looking for options. “The fight has gone out of the Bharatiya Janata Party,” the Amethi MP said at his first formal press conference after joining politics five years ago.