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Cong fields Akhilesh Das against Vajpayee

April 15, 2004 11:27 IST

Amid uncertainty over lawyer Ram Jethmalani staying in the contest, the Congress on Thursday decided to field Rajya Sabha member Akhilesh Das against Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in Lucknow.

Das was expected to file his nomination papers early on Thursday, the last date of filing papers for the first phase of election. Vajpayee is expected to file his papers around noon.

Das's candidature follows the possibility of Jethmalani withdrawing from the contest after Vajpayee's appeal to him last night to do so. Vajpayee had cited 40 years of friendship between them and appealed to Jethmalani to withdraw from the contest.

Jethmalani, who left for London on Wednesday night, said he would decide on Vajpayee's appeal after consulting his supporters and the parties backing him.


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Sub: Raj Jetmalani Not Contesting form Lucknow

Thanks for Not contesting against Nobel Leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee. This shows that you are alwayes with us since from Ayodhya till date. Vandemataram ...

Posted by Shankar Prasad NJ

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This is dubious charector shown by Jetmalani. First he decided to contest and at last he decided to withdraw after getting tips from BJP and ...

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Sub: das's nomination against vajpayee

The appeal of sh vajpayee was a defeat in the battle of vote.Moreover sh jethmalani was also not a reliable person ofcourse for this type ...

Posted by Ramu

Sub: Shameful Betrayal

The subject line goes for Ram jethmalani. My last was made of words like BRAVO SALUTE THY SPIRIT O MAN !!! But that was only ...

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