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Advani's offers pawar to join BJP

LK Advani to induce NCP to switch over the sides and join saffron forces for bringing change in government at state level, reports Yogesh Joshi.

india Updated: Apr 23, 2007 03:28 IST

After Shiv sena supremo Bal Thakeray, it was turn of BJP leader LK Advani to induce Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) to switch over the sides and join saffron forces for bringing change in government at state level. Although BJP leader did not take name of either NCP or its president Sharad Pawar, the party leader minced no words to allure the partner in Vilasrao Deshmukh government.

Leader of the opposition and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) stalwart L K Advani on Sunday said that the party will welcome any move that will see the change in government at state level. Advani, while talking to reporters during his day long visit to the city said The NCP, after its president Pawar's statement some days back, has openly declared that it is willing to consider all options for future alliance. In Pune itself, its alliance with the shiv sena in the civic body is "highly significant" so as the defeat of congress party in recently held Lok-Sabha bypolls.

"The BJP will welcome any move that will see the exit of the utterly non-performing Vilasrao Deshmukh government in maharashtra", said the BJP leader. This was second time that Pawar has got an offer from saffron alliance after Shiv sena chief Thakeray had openly appealed Pawar to lead the country with the support of Shiv sena.

Pawar on the other hand has already made it clear in the past that he has no plans to join "secular forces". "The alliance at Pune with Shiv sena was local adjustment and to be seen as local development", Pawarhad earlier said. With the saffron parties once again began attempt to hobnob with NCP, it is to be seen to how long Pawar will stay aloof with them.