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Congress should minimize pre-poll ties: Kamal Nath

Posted on Jan 19, 05:37PM | IBNS

As the Congress gets ready for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath has said the ruling party should keep pre-poll alliances to the minimum.

"There are two kinds of coalitions, pre-election and post- election. We should keep pre-election coalitions to the minimum, so that our spread continues. Post-election, if we do not have the numbers, we have to stitch together a coalition. That's a reality in all parliamentary democracies," Nath told NDTV on the sidelines of the party's 'Chintan Shivir' (Brainstorming Session) here.

"Going it alone before elections would help keep the organisation intact. A post-poll coalition could take on many forms, including other parties supporting a Congress-led government from the outside," he said.

Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi on Friday said the party needs to balance between its alliance and policies.

"We need to strike a balance between our allies and policies. We haven't translated progress into political support in some states," Gandhi said in her opening address at the 'Chintan Shivir'.

Top Congress leaders are here for the 'Chintan Shivir' and they are expected to brainstorm on strategies for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

The two-day event will end on Jan 20 with the adoption of the Jaipur Declaration.

A session of the All India Congress Committee will be held on Sunday.