Sonia Gandhi loves Left than Lalu: WikiLeaks

Sonia Gandhi
New Delhi, Mar 27: The latest diplomatic cables released by whistle-blower website WikiLeaks revealed that the Congress President and UPA Chairperson, Sonia Gandhi was more comfortable in working with Left parties than the regional parties in the United Progressive Alliance (UPA).

The leaked US cables published in The Hindu disclosed the United States Ambassador David Mulford's thoughts on Congress' relations with the Left parties in the UPA-I government. Even though the Congress President and her party complained about the Communist obstruction, but they were confident about Communist "pragmatic" policies.

"There are three components that must be placated and balanced to keep the UPA government in power: Congress, the Communist parties, and the regional/caste parties. Sonia and the Congress leadership complain about Communist obstruction, but are convinced that these parties, although ideological, are not "irresponsible." In the eyes of Congress leaders, most Communists are "pragmatic," projecting an image of looking after the poor and downtrodden, in order to mollify the party faithful, while not preventing government from functioning," said David Mulford in a cable sent under the heading 'Congress Culture Defines Sonia Gandhi's Role.'

The secret cables also exposed that many of the Congress leaders were not happy with UPA's regional alliance with Laloo Prasad Yadav and Ram Vilas Paswan in Bihar as they were "loose cannons who cannot be trusted".

"While many in the Congress inner circle have some affinity with the Communists and work together with them on selected issues, they view the regional satraps of the UPA allies with disdain, and prefer to keep them at arm's length," WikiLeaks quoted the US Ambassador as saying.

"Because of these engrained prejudices, Congress has been unable to focus on the BJP as its principal adversary, and instead has become mired in internecine squabbling," the cable added.

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