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‘Cong ready to sit in Opposition’

delhi Updated: May 21, 2012 00:26 IST
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Admitting that the UPA government is going through tough times, law minister Salman Khurshid said on Sunday that the Congress was prepared for all options, including being in the Opposition after the 2014 general elections.

“We have two years and two years from now we will stand tall in front of the people. If they accept us, well and good, if they don't accept us, we have a place in the Opposition,” he said on CNN-IBN’s Devil’s Advocate programme.

Khurshid expressed his view the day HT carried an HT-Cfore survey among people in the 18-35 age group.

The survey showed that if polls were held now, more young Indians—60% of the country’s population—would vote for the BJP-led NDA than the Congress-led UPA. While 39% of the respondents said they would vote for the NDA, 34% preferred the UPA.

Asked if he was sounding ready to sit in the Opposition, Khurshid said, “Not at all. In a democracy, you have to be willing to be in the Opposition and determined to be in government and that's what we are.”