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BJP for tie-up with Paswan

August 25, 2005 22:15 IST

Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Uma Bharti on Thursday hinted that the National Democratic Alliance may not be averse to a tie-up with Ramvilas Paswan's Lok Janshakti for the coming Bihar polls.

Bharti said the BJP does not believe anybody is untouchable in politics.

"It is not possible in current era. However, we have to analyse the credibility of the person before taking such a step," Bharti said, replying to reporters' queries on whether NDA was open for an alliance with LJP for the Bihar assembly elections.

"We are trying to find out whether people's doors are still open for him," Bharati, BJP's Bihar election in-charge, said.

The developments in Bihar have dulled the popularity of both the RJD and the LJP, she claimed adding 'like Madhya Pradesh, elections in Bihar will have unprecedented results for NDA and will get support for formation of government under the leadership of Nitish Kumar'.

On Paswan's claims of forming a third front in collaboration with like-minded parties, Bharati, who is also BJP's Bihar election in-charge, said similar attempts were made during last elections, but they failed to prove its worth.

The coming elections will also witness a direct contest between the UPA and NDA, she said and expressed confidence in the Election Commission for conducting free and fair polls.

Demanding recall of Bihar Governor Buta Singh for allegedly acting against the dignity of his post, Bharti said 'it (whether to recall Singh) has become a question mark before (Prime Minister) Manmohan Singh."

Bharti declined to comment on the Jinnah issue stating that the party had already made its stand clear and had decided not to discuss it further.

Holding Congress responsible for partition, she said it was Jinnah who was responsible for creation of Pakistan and the Congress was instrumental in promoting him.


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