Cong should minimize pre-poll ties: Nath

Last Updated: Sat, Jan 19, 2013 12:32 hrs

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.

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