CPI(M) hits back at Pranab on his remark on Left
Taking a dig at External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee for his statements attacking the Left, CPI(M) said that he would know how many years it would take the Congress to form a government at the Centre after the counting of votes.delhi Updated: May 11, 2009 17:53 IST
Taking a dig at External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee for his statements attacking the Left, CPI(M) on Monday said that he would know how many years it would take the Congress to form a government at the Centre after the counting of votes.
The reaction came after Mukherjee said it would take 250 years for the Left to come to power at the Centre.
"We did not know Pranab Babu is an astrologer. How did he calculate 250 years. He can only speculate till May 16 (the day of counting). He will be able to find out only then how many years it will take for them (Congress) to form a government," Politburo member M K Pandhe said in New Delhi.
Meanwhile, the party's top leadership would meet here two days after counting to take stock of the post-election scenario and decide on the future course of action.
While the Politburo would meet on May 18, a meeting of the Central Committee is likely to follow.
"After 16th, we will naturally take stock of the complete situation and on the basis of that, take appropriate decision. But nevertheless, our endeavour to have a non-Congress secular government is very much on," senior CPI(M) leader Nilotpal Basu told reporters.
The CPI's National Executive would meet on May 19 and its National Council the next day onwards. The decision-making bodies of the RSP and Forward Bloc have also scheduled their meetings from May 18 onwards.