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SP-RLD to go by Left decision on joining Govt

PTI | ByPress Trust of India, New Delhi
May 17, 2004 03:55 PM IST

The Samajwadi Party-Rashtriya Lok Dal combine has declared that it had "no desire nor lust" for joining the new Government.

Samajwadi Party-Rashtriya Lok Dal combine on Monday declared that it had "no desire nor lust" for joining the new Government, but said it would go by whatever decision the Left parties, especially the CPI(M) General Secretary Harkishan Singh Surjeet, takes in the matter.

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"We had not gone to Sonia Gandhi's dinner meeting for the sake of food. We have no shortage of food. But, we went there as we would have been accused of not being a party when a secular national alternative was being formed," SP leader Amar Singh told reporters.

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Flanked by RLD chief Ajit Singh, Amar Singh was speaking to reporters after submitting to President APJ Abdul Kalam letters of support to the Congress-led coalition headed by Sonia Gandhi.

The SP leader was asked whether he and Ajit Singh were invited for the meeting or went on their own.

Singh said he and Ajit Singh went along with Surjeet for the dinner meeting to make it clear that they had no ego when it came to formation of a secular government in place of the BJP-led coalition.

Asked why they had given the letters of support to the President directly and not to Gandhi, the SP leader sought to downplay their action saying "Daal mein ghee gira ya ghee mein daal gira, ek hi baat hai. Humney unka bhar halka kiya hai (whether you pour ghee in curry or curry in ghee, it is one and the same. We have lessened her burden). 05171515 D

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