Cong approaches allies to join govt

In anticipation of getting the first invite from President Pratibha Patil after the poll results are out on Saturday, the party has moved in swiftly to mop up support and has invited Samajwadi Party to join a government led by it. 


Spurred by its estimate that SP's numbers won't be very different from BSP's and plagued by a nagging suspicion that Mayawati may not be averse to going over to the NDA, Congress conveyed its invitation to SP through senior leader Pranab Mukherjee when he met SP general secretary Amar Singh late Wednesday evening. 


Congress President Sonia Gandhi met NCP leader Sharad Pawar and spoke to RJD chief Lalu Prasad and LJP leader Ram Vilas Paswan, as the scramble for coalition building among the three main political formations for government formation intensified on Thursday.


With less then two days to go for the vote count, the Left spearheading the Third Front was working out strategies to keep the constituents together amid reports that the combine will tactically let a Congress-led minority government run as a strategy to keep the BJP out of power at all costs.

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