Left should have the figures before bargaining: Congress

Lucknow, April 25 (Inditop) Taking a swipe at the Left for saying it may seek outside support from the Congress if the Third Front forms the government, Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi Saturday said that the Communists should “first have the figures” before seeking a bargain.

“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,” Singhvi said caustically, while addressing a press conference at the party’s state headquarters here.

He was answering a query on Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Prakash Karat statement that the Left-led Third Front was determined to form a non-Congress government at the centre, but would not mind taking outside support of the Congress.

Karat has repeatedly said the Left will not support a Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, though some of his senior colleagues have said this would be decided after the polls.

Singhvi also termed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) a “copy-cat” party. “The BJP has copied most of our initiatives like the NREGS (National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme) and the farmers’ loan waiver scheme in its manifesto. In a way, they are trying to make a fool of the country,” Singhvi said.

Commenting on party general secretary Rahul Gandhi’s comment in West Bengal Saturday of not being experienced enough to become the prime minister yet, Singhvi said: “This is the culture and humanity of our party and leaders. Our leaders are not like (BJP leader L.K.) Advani who pats his back himself.”

Singhvi accused the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) government in Uttar Pradesh of not having utilised the funds sanctioned by the central government for development schemes.

“Chief Minister Mayawati’s interest is in building parks and stone memorials and the state government has not implemented various central schemes,” he said.