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Congress confident of sweep, will widen UPA

May 16, 2009 11:11 IST
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With trends signalling a decisive edge to the United Progressive Alliance, an upbeat Congress on Saturday claimed that it would sweep the elections and hinted at expanding the UPA by including "more secular parties".

"We will sweep the election. The Congress and its allies will form the government. More secular parties can join us. Discussions are on in this regard," senior Congress leader Motilal Vora told PTI.

To a question whether the Congress thinks that the President should invite the single-largest party to form the government, the veteran leader said, "It has always been a tradition to invite the single-largest party along with its allies to form a government." When asked whether the Congress' rise in the Hindi heartland symbolises people's disenchantment with regional parties, Vora said, "The Congress is bettering its performance in UP because people have understood that only the Congress can guarantee development for them."

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