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Congress throws secular card at Left

May 16, 2009 09:53 IST

The Congress said on Saturday that the Left parties will have to extend their support to it to form the government if the "danger" of "communal and divisive politics" of the Bharatiya Janata Party is to be averted.

"Everybody understands that if there is a danger, it is from BJP due to their communal and divisive politics," said B K Hariprasad, Congress general secretary. "If government of aam admi (common man) has to be formed in the country, support will have to be extended whether by the Left or someone else."

With initial trends giving the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance an edge, the Congress sounded confident of forming a government with other parties' support.

"Trends are quite encouraging and supporting. We are confident that we will get to higher numbers. If at all we fall short, our friends are waiting. There had been moves

(to enlist support) here and there," senior party leader Oscar Fernandes said.

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