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CPM refuses to support Gehlot

delhi Updated: Dec 13, 2008 00:37 IST
Zia Haq

The CPI-M has ruled out supporting the Ashok Gehlot-led government, turning down an appeal from the Rajasthan chief minister-elect.

Gehlot on Friday told journalists that the Congress had a “challenging mandate” and though 11 Independents were supporting him, he would seek support from the BSP and CPM to “enable us to provide a stable government”, PTI reported from Jaipur.

The Congress, which won 96 seats in the state, needed the support of five more legislators for a simple majority of 101.

Eleven Independents have extended support to the Congress, enabling government formation.

The CPM’s Rajasthan in-charge Hannan Mollah told HT: “We will play the role of a genuine, constructive but militant opposition.”

Asked what to make of CPM MLA Amra Ram’s confabulations with Gehlot, Mollah said: “Such talks can happen. We are not untouchables. Ram is a senior face in Rajasthan politics and a prominent Opposition leader. It was a courtesy call from Gehlot.”

Politburo member S. Ramachandran Pillai said there was no question of supporting the Ashok Gehlot-led government. “We are equidistant from both the BJP and the Congress and that's the party line,” he said.

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