INDIA ELECTION EYE-Congress could patch up with left after polls

Thu Apr 16, 2009 10:13am IST

(Adds BJP criticism paragraph 4)

NEW DELHI, April 16 (Reuters) - The following is a snapshot of recent developments in India's general election campaign. (The sources are mentioned in brackets).

* Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said the Congress could patch up with its former leftist allies, saying an alliance with the left was possible after the election. (Hindustan Times)

* Prakash Karat, chief of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), the largest of the left parties, criticised Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, for saying the left was on the wrong side of history. Karat said the left will not support a Congress-led government again. (Indian Express)

* The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) criticised Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for not contesting the election or campaigning as effectively as other leaders, but still emerging as the prime ministerial candidate. (The Indian Express) * The Election Commission of India says it would investigate comments made by Sonia Gandhi, the Congress party chief, against the BJP, the country's main opposition.

Gandhi reportedly called the BJP a "slave of the RSS," the ideological fount of India's Hindu nationalist groups, in a recent election rally. (The Hindu) (Compiled by Bappa Majumdar; Editing by Alistair Scrutton) (For a graphic of a Reuters' poll on the elections, click here)

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