No difference of opinion with Sonia Gandhi: PM

On Board PM’s Special Aircraft, May 31 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Friday said that he has no difference of opinion with Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

“I can say in all truthfulness that there is no difference of opinion between me and the Congress president. We work together on almost every issue,” he told reporters on his way back from an official visit to Japan and Thailand.

“Where consultation is needed, I consult the Congress president, and therefore this perception, that on certain issues, there were differences of opinion, there is no truth in that,” he added while replying to a question on the perceived trust deficit between him and Sonia Gandhi over the recent controversy on the resignations of the ministers for railways and law.

On the issue of the Congress seeking new allies for next year’s general elections after the exit of Trinamool Congress and the DMK, Manmohan Singh said the Congress would work on this.

“In politics, there are no permanent allies and no permanent enemies. These possibilities, some people coming in, some people going out, I think, they have to be accepted as they are,” he said.

Asked if the Congress has been approached by the DMK for support in the Rajya Sabha elections for a seat from Tamil Nadu, the prime minister said: “I can’t say on behalf of the Congress high command. These are matters which are discussed at the highest level in our party. It will not be proper for me to pre-judge what stand the Congress party will take.”

He sought the support of all political parties to ensure smooth proceedings of parliament so that necessary legislations could be passed.

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