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.