Sonia's acceptability rising: Antony

PTI | ByPress Trust of India, Thiruvananthapuram
May 12, 2004 08:09 PM IST

"Most parties which were reluctant to accept her leadership are now coming round to the reality," Kerala CM said.

Kerala Chief Minister AK Antony said on Wednesday that the Congress would lead the non-BJP formation at the Centre and that he was hopeful all those who recognised the lead role of his party would accept Sonia Gandhi's leadership as well.

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"I am happy that most of the parties, who were earlier reluctant to accept the leadership of the Congress, are gradually accepting the reality. As far as Congress is concerned Sonia Gandhi is our undisputed leader. I hope that everybody would accept that also gradually," Antony, who returned from Delhi, after discussions with high command, told reporters.

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He said none could dispute the fact that it was Sonia Gandhi who led the battle against BJP all over the country.

Asked about Congress and CPI-M coming closer at the national level despite his severe criticism of the Marxists in Kerala, Antony said he took on CPI-M in view of the situation in Kerala which was different from the national circumstances."I have said that CPI-M in Kerala is a party that pursues outdated policies. But the circumstances at the national level are different."

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