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Left unlikely to join Cong-led govt

Sunday 16 May 2004

NEW DELHI : Left parties on Sunday deferred a decision on their participation in the new Congress-led government at the Centre till Monday amid strong indications that the parties would not join it but only extend support from outside.

CPM, CPI and two other Left parties RSP and Forward Bloc have reportedly already given their letter of support to Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

The four Communist parties would hold a joint meeting here on Monday to finalise their stand on participation as well as the Common Minimum Programme.

The parties individually held their meetings throughout the day on Sunday but failed to arrive at a consensus on the issue of participation in the government with an overwhelming opinion against joining.

This follows significant differences in the economic policies of the Left and the leader of the coalition - Congress - that could prove detrimental to the Left parties in case they joined the government, sources said.

See online : The Times of India

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in The Times of India, Sunday, May 16, 2004.

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