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Left can back Cong in future: Bardhan

However, CPI General Secretary AB Bardhan indicates that Left would not support a Congress Govt led by Manmohan Singh.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 10, 2008 11:34 PM IST

CPI on Thursday said the Left parties will not be averse to supporting Congress in the bigger fight against communal forces in future but indicated that it would not support a government led by Manmohan Singh.

Party General Secretary AB Bardhan said there would be "occasions" in the future when the Left parties will have to fight against communal forces together with Congress and similar "secular" parties.

"He (Singh) will not always be the Prime Minister. I am talking about Congress as an institution. I am talking of secular parties. We will have to deal with them," Bardhan told CNN-IBN.

Bardhan was responding to a question as to whether the Left parties would support a government led by Manmohan Singh in the future.

"Life is long and future is distant. See what they have done to us. Our differences on price, inflation and nuclear deal all led to our position. But there will be occasions when we will have to fight against communalism together," he said.

Asked whether the Left would vote together with BJP against the government in the event of a trust vote, Bardhan shot back, "We will vote against the government for the simple reason that we have lost faith in the government."

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