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Congress open to alliance with NCP: Sonia
December 28, 2003 18:58 IST
Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Sunday said her party was open to an alliance with the Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party.
"If we want to defeat the anti-secular forces, then all of us should put aside our differences to form a compact alliance," Gandhi said addressing her maiden press conference in Delhi.
When Gandhi's attention was drawn to Pawar's statement that his party was willing to set aside the contentious issue of foreign origin, she said, "I am not aware of Pawarji's statement."
Gandhi said Congress is 'willing to work with like-minded parties to defeat anti-secular forces'. "We are working with other parties in governments in Maharashtra, Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir and Meghalaya and this is a signal ahead."
The Congress president emphasised on the need for putting up a compact fight to defeat communal forces by forming an alliance of secular parties.