(Adds BJP criticism paragraph 4)
NEW DELHI, April 16 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.
* 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)