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Bersani calls on Grillo to step up to the plate

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Bersani calls on Grillo to step up to the plate

Rome, March 7 - Democratic Party (PD) leader Pier Luigi Bersani on Thursday called on Beppe Grillo, the former comedian whose 5-Star Movement (M5S) unexpectedly won 162 seats in parliament in Italy's inconclusive February elections, to step up to the plate for the good of the country. ''We're not negotiating, we're simply facing the country with feasible, realistic proposals. The conditions weren't there to make them happen in the past, and now they are'', Bersani said, alluding to the fact that Grillo strenuously opposes forming a PD-led coalition. The center-left leader spoke while presenting the first anti-corruption point of his eight-point platform for a minority government. ''Grillo does not want diplomacy or seat-swapping, nor do I. But we must give the country proper answers not veiled ones'', Bersani continued. ''I don't run around trying to keep up with everything Grillo says morning noon and night. I don't respond to insults. He could have channeled the protest a different way, but he chose the parliamentary route. Now he needs to take responsibility before the country.''

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