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BJP goes into overdrive to finalise strategy

delhi Updated: May 15, 2009 21:02 IST
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On the eve of counting of votes, BJP on Friday went into overdrive to finalise its strategy for forming the next government with Prime Minister hopeful L K Advani holding a series of meetings with allies and party leaders even as NDA continued its search for new partners.

The BJP Parliamentary Board, the top decision making body of the party, will meet on Saturday at 5:00 pm to take stock of post-election scenario.

INLD chief Om Prakash Chautala, a key NDA ally, met Advani to discuss the post-poll strategy. Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj also joined in the deliberations which went on for quite some time.

Chautla's INLD is a key ally of the BJP-led NDA in Haryana where it is looking forward to regain lost ground.

RLD chief Ajit Singh, an important partner in Uttar Pradesh, was the next to hold consultations with Advani.

"We discussed possible results and what is happening and what should be done," Ajit Singh told reporters after the meeting.

Senior party leaders have been assigned tasks to keep in touch with allies and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has been given the responsibility to get support from AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa.

Venkaiah Naidu is keeping the communication lines open with TRS and try to get around TDP. Naidu is also coordinating with the Asom Gana Parishad.

Advani is understood to be in touch with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and NDA convener Sharad Yadav.