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NDA not short of allies: Advani

india Updated: Feb 27, 2009 21:30 IST

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BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate LK Advani on Friday said that the NDA is not short of allies going to parliamentary elections and expected more to join it after the polls.

"No, not at all", Advani told PTI when asked if he believed whether the NDA was short of allies.

"Even when we came to power for the first time, many of our allies joined only after the elections and this time at the moment we are five in the NDA and in the last two months we have added one more ally from Haryana, one more from UP and one more from Assam, so that even before the elections, we have had additions to our alliance partners and I have little (no) doubt that after the elections also there will be some more additions", he said.

Asked if he expected more re-alignment of forces before the polls, he said "not much". "That alignment has already taken place since the time the left broke away from the UPA".

Asked if he believed that the anti-BJPism is more pronounced now than before the last elections, he said "not at all". "This happened in 2004 when for the first time in the history of Indian politics, the left parties supported the Congress party in a vague manner", he said.