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Cong not averse to coalition

india Updated: Nov 15, 2006 00:12 IST

UP CONGRESS COMMITTEE president Salman Khurshid said here today that his party was not averse to the idea of a coalition government in the State in case it got the number of seats it hoped to win this time in the Assembly election. He said much would depend on the sequence of events which unfold after the Assembly elections. He said the electorate that had polarised in the name of caste and religion, had returned to the party fold.

Thanking residents of the city for their cooperation in the victory of party nominee in the mayoral poll, he said Rahul Gandhi had been entrusted with the task of analysing the results. After this the party would start planning for the Assembly elections. Civic poll results had helped the party in gaining people’s confidence.

He said, the main issues in the assembly polls would be failure of the State government at all levels and the schemes launched by the Central government for the welfare of the people.

Talking to mediapersons, he expressed shock over the recent kidnapping of a contractor in  a place like this city.  This, he said, was a serious thing. Taking a dig at CM Mulayam Singh Yadav, he said elections were not won by distributing sarees and money to the citizens.

CLP leader Pramod Tewari expressed concern over people’s apprehensions on investing in the State. Calling it a wrong signal for the State, he said during the last civic elections Congress had secured just eight percent votes but this time this margin had increased to 26%. He said Congress was hoping to get at least 30% votes in Assembly polls.

Meanwhile, the 117th birth anniversary of Pt Jawahar Lal Nehru was celebrated at Anand Bhawan with the garlanding of the statue of the former PM of the country. UPCC president Salman Khurshid and CLP leader Pramod Tewari paid rich tributes to Nehru, describing him as a great thinker who ushered in green revolution in the country.