PM has to tell the people why he could not walk past : Congress

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New Delhi, Nov 6 (UNI) Defending Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's views on coalition politics, the Congress Party today said he would have to tell the country, as the head of the government, the limitations of a coalition dispensation to push forward the national agenda.

"He should tell the people why he could not walk past. People should understand our compulsions...our limitations," AICC General Secretary Veerappa Moily told mediapersons, while rubbishing the criticism of yesterday's statement of Dr Singh that narrow political considerations, based on regional and sectional loyalities and ideologies, could distort the national vision and sense of collective purpose.

Saying that the statement of Dr Singh should not be viewed as "expression of agony," he asserted that "the Prime Minister is talking about ideal things. It does not mean that practical things are not taken into consideration." Mr Moily said though the Congress was experimenting coalition for the first time at the Centre, it has been successful in managing it for nearly three years. "We managed the coalition well. This is a great achievement. Dr Singh could do it because he is a strong Prime Minister and not a weak Prime Minister as was projected by the BJP." Asked if Dr Singh was indirectly asking the people to give absolute mandate to the Congress in the next Lok Sabha elections, he said : "If the UPA at least had a majority, we could have inched forward in a big way." Without referring to the Left parties, which are creating problems for the government to ahead with the Indo-US Nuclear deal, the former Karnataka Chief Minister said the government could not achieve some of the agendas because of the constraints of coalition.

The government has to work horizontally and not vertically," he said, in this context.

UNI

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