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"Negotiations on with Left over BHEL"

Sunday 3 July 2005

Special Correspondent

Problems over disinvestment will be sorted out soon, says Ahmad Patel Patel criticised the Gujarat Government for not keeping the main Opposition party informed about the flood situation

AHMEDABAD: Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s political adviser Ahmed Patel is confident that the problem between the Left parties and the UPA Government over disinvestment in the Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited will be "sorted out soon."

Talking to mediapersons on Saturday after filing his nomination in Gandhinagar as the only Congress candidate from Gujarat for the Rajya Sabha elections, Mr. Patel said negotiations were on with the Left parties. "We will find out a solution soon," he said.

He said he was confident that Left parties would not withdraw their support to the UPA Government on this issue. He said the Left parties supporting the Government had every right to voice their opinion on important issues concerning the people and the Government would try to accommodate their views as far as possible. "There are no differences between the Left parties and the Congress-led UPA Government," Mr. Patel said.

Flood situation

About the BJP Government’s handling of the current flood situation in Gujarat , Mr. Patel said it was "too early" to decide about its efficiency. He said he would neither appreciate nor be critical about its handling of the situation. He, however, criticised the Government for not keeping the main Opposition party informed about the situation.

He said by now the Government should have convened an all-party meeting to maintain a proper coordination between the administration and other political parties involved in the rescue and relief operations. He said the Congress Rahat Samiti carried relief work on its own without any coordination with the State Government.

Relief measures

Mr. Patel said he hoped unlike the relief measures after the 2001 Gujarat earthquake, the BJP Government would this time "talk less and work more." But "I will not say the Government is doing nothing," he said.

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