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NDA expects new alliances after LS polls: BJP

By Vicky Nanjappa in Bangalore
April 15, 2009 15:08 IST
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The National Democratic Alliance will come out with its common minimum programme after the Lok Sabha polls, Bharatiya Janata Party chief Rajnath Singh told mediapersons in Bangalore on Wednesday.

Singh claimed that the NDA had intentionally not released its manifesto because the BJP expected to forge new alliances after the elections. "Once the elections are over, we will sit together and chalk out a common programme for governance," he said.

Singh admitted that he failed to understand why the Biju Janata Dal, the BJP's long-time ally, had snapped ties with the saffron party. "I would term it as a betrayal," he added.

Speaking about BJP's prime ministerial candidate L K Advani skipping a dinner hosted by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi on Tuesday, Singh claimed that the issue was being blown out of proportion.

Advani had been invited by the PM for the farewell dinner for Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee, but he had to skip it due to some political commitments, he said.

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