Press Trust of India, NEW DELHI, Feb. 11. —
In a public rejection of the RSS suggestion for an alliance with the Samajwadi Party, the BJP today ruled out any poll pact in Uttar Pradesh with any grouping outside the NDA but kept options for partnership open for other states where elections are due this year.
“We cannot even think of having an alliance with the Samajwadi Party,” BJP chief Mr Rajnath Singh told reporters here.
“The question of having such a pact with the SP does not arise,” he said.
The RSS mouthpiece Organiser suggested the BJP to try out “a certain degree of adventurism” with the SP which it claimed was in “frantic search” of alliance partners. Mr Singh accused both UP chief minister Mr Mulayam Singh Yadav’s party and the Left of fooling voters with what he called their hollow anti-Congress rhetoric.
“In a healthy democracy, no party should fool voters like both the Left and the SP are doing,” the BJP chief said, referring to the opposition of the two parties, which support the Central coalition government, to India’s Iran vote.
Also, he ruled out any alliance with the BSP either in UP, where elections are due next year. “There is absolutely no possibility of any alliance, both before and after elections, with any grouping outside the NDA, be it the SP, the BSP or the Congress,” he said.
The BJP chief, however, indicated his party was exploring alliance possibilities with Assam’s AGP where elections were due this year. “Nothing can be ruled out for other states,” he remarked when asked whether the party would forge alliance with the AGP.