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Congress will never join hands with BJP: Digvijay

May 10, 2009 18:46 IST

All India Congress Committee general secretary Digvijay Singh on Sunday said his party would never join hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party to form a government at the Centre. Singh told PTI that there were too many ideological differences between the two parties to come together even for the sake of the nation.

He claimed that the Congress was a liberal party, while the BJP had a very 'narrow-minded' approach on most of the issues.

Singh, also a former Madhya Pradesh chief minister, said that the BJP needs to explain to the nation as to why it supports organisations which are communal in nature. The Congress leader also said that unlike his party which was totally secular in nature, the BJP was a 'highly communal' party and hence there could be no truck with it.

On the current Lok Sabha elections, he said that the Congress hoped to do better than what it did in 2004 but said that no one has been able to read the mind of the country's voters.

When asked who would form the next government at the Centre, Singh said that this question can be answered rightly only after May 16 when results would be out. When told that some parties favoured Nationalist Congress Party leader Sharad Pawar as the prime minister, he said the NCP will not have the numbers to make him reach the top post.

On the Left Front, Singh said it was strange that the economic reforms which it opposed in New Delhi were the ones which it implemented in West Bengal.

When told that Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav had said that his party would support the government which dismisses the Bahujan Samaj Party-led Mayawati government in Uttar Pradesh, he said that no elected government can be dismissed just like that.

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