Summing up pre-requisites to qualify the bargain season, the Congress on Saturday said that Left parties will have to show electoral returns before seeking a post-poll deal.
Responding to Left’s expressed intentions of seeking outside support from the Congress if the Third Front forms the government, party spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said: “It is the dog that wags the tail, not the tail that wags the dog.”
“The Left should have ample figures so that someone should ask for their support,” he said while addressing a press conference in the Uttar Pradesh capital Lucknow.
He was responding to queries over CP(M) general secretary Prakash Karat’s statement that the Left-led Third Front was determined to form a non-Congress government at the centre, but would not mind outside support from the party.
Though, Karat has maintained that the Left would not support a Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, but senior party colleague buddhadenb Bhattacharjee, in a recent interview, said that the issue would be decided after results are declared on May 16.
With verbal battles raging between regional parties and the larger pan-India outfits, Singhvi’s remarks are a pointer towards what is indicated as a natural aftermath to the declaration of poll results.