Working with Left a matter of great privilege, says PM

Written by Political Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: Apr 17 2009, 03:43am hrs
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has begun to woo the Left parties a day after the Congress declared his candidature for the top job was non-negotiable.

Singh on Wednesday signalled that his options were open on doing business with the communists. It was a matter of great privilege (working with them) he said in an interaction with members of the Editors Guild.

Left parties had withdrawn support to Manmohan Singhs government last year in the wake of the Indo-US nuclear deal.

Singh also hinted that he would not like to foreclose options with any of the secular parties. We will cross the bridge when we come to it. As of now I am confident that the Congress would be able to form the government (with allies). I have dealt with the Left parties, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Lalu Prasad, Ram Vilas Paswan, Sharad Pawar. I have dealt with Jayalalithaa, DMK and PMK. I have also negotiated with Mufti Saheb (PDP leader). I have enough experience in dealing with diverse forces, he said.

The Prime Minister, however ,conceded that Left parties had strong views on the nuclear issue which was why they left the UPA fold. Yet at the same time, he made it clear that he would not have any problems with seeking their support once again. I think circumstances will decide. But I was quite happy when as government we were dealing with the Left, he said. When asked whether the Congress would support the Left in forming the government, he said We will deal with this question after the election results are out. But the fact is the present arrangement has worked well. In a recent interaction with women journalists, Singh had revealed that he would have resigned if the Left had succeeded in its plans of getting the Indo-US nuclear deal stalled.