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'Not all is lost for Cong to return to power on its own'

“Congress party never said it will never come back to power on its own. We will try to do that if we get the mandate of the people,” said senior Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee.

india Updated: Mar 03, 2009 22:11 IST

Ahead of Lok Sabha elections, Congress on Tuesday indicated it has not lost hopes of its coming to power on its own.

“Congress party never said it will never come back to power on its own. We will try to do that if we get the mandate of the people,” senior Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee told partymen at a closed-door media workshop here, party sources said.

Mukherjee’s remarks came in the backdrop of Congress coming under attack from some of its allies, including NCP, over its decision against a national alliance and instead opting for state level tie-ups.

Seeking to project Congress as the only national party Mukherjee said no other political organisation in the country has matured to address the concerns of all segments of society.

“Whether it is BJP, whether CPI-M, whether it is SP, whether it is any Tamil party or RJD. Is there any political party which has five critieria.... its foreign policy, fiscal policy, its internal security policy?” he said.

A national party must have a national outlook, national policy, a clear vision in respect of foreign policy and economic policy as well as a social policy, he emphasised.

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