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PM woos Left, wants secular parties to keep NDA out of power

india Updated: May 11, 2009 18:17 IST

Apparently wooing the Left for support, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday said all secular parties had an obligation to provide a "purposeful, secular" government at the centre and prevent the NDA from coming to power at "all cost".

He said allies of the UPA, which were "unhappy", could be mollified but ruled out support to any government led by the Left parties arguing that they would not get more seats than the Congress.

"I always believe that all secular forces have an obligation to work together to give the country a purposeful, secular government," Singh told a press conference when asked specifically about whether he would appeal to the Left to again support a UPA government.

To a question whether the Indo-US civil nuclear deal could be a sticky issue on forging ties with the Left, he said, "I think it is not an issue now. It has been signed, sealed and operationalised. It cannot be an issue for dialogue.

"There is a wider purpose to give the country a purposeful, secular government for which all secular forces should vote together," he said.

On the NDA rally here on Sunday, Singh said "you heard (Gujarat Chief Minister) Narendra Modi's tone at the NDA rally on Sunday. It indicates the kind of government they want to have. This must be avoided at all cost".

Asked about UPA allies like RJD, LJP and Samajwadi Party expressing disenchantment with the Congress, Singh said "I have no doubt that the UPA will form government. Politics is the art of the possible. Those who are unhappy can be mollified."

To a question, he said "some kind of government" will have to be formed after the results come out as there was no provision for President's Rule at the Centre. "But what kind of government will be formed, we have to be patient till May 16," he said.

The Prime Minister ruled out support to the Left for formation of government, saying they will not get more seats than Congress. "The question does not arise."

On NDA's rally here yesterday as a show of strength, he said it would be wrong to suggest that there is no "split" in the BJP-led alliance as "two big parties" like BJD and TDP were not with it any more.

"More disunity will be visible after the results come out," Singh said.

To a question on changing the UPA's Prime Ministerial candidate, he said the Congress had already declared who the candidate would be and there was "no wavering of its commitment" on that count.