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BJP to go solo in assembly polls

BJP on Wednesday said it will go it alone in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections early next year and accused its political opponents of playing caste politics which had dented its vote bank.

lucknow Updated: Jun 01, 2011 21:35 IST

BJP on Wednesday said it will go it alone in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections early next year and accused its political opponents of playing caste politics which had dented its vote bank.

"The party has suffered loss in past elections due to casteist politics played by opposition parties. In the coming elections BJP will not experiment with any pre or post-poll alliance," its national vice-president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, said in Lucknow.

Terming joining hands with BSP as the biggest mistake of the party, Naqvi said that it would not be repeated again.

"Except for JD(U), for which we will be leaving some seats, we will not be entering into any alliance," he said.

About the casteist politics, Naqvi said that his party unsuccessfully tried to counter it but now the situation has changed and people of the state want development, which would be the main issue of the party in coming polls.

On declaration of party candidates, the BJP leader said that over 60% tickets were almost final and it would be declared soon.

The 2012 polls of Uttar Pradesh will be turning point for both UPA and NDA as the polls would give new direction, he said adding that during the party national executive meet starting on June 3 the party's poll strategy would be discussed.

Asked about the Ram temple issue, Naqvi said that it was not a political issue and was not in the agenda of party's executive meet.

About the meet, he said that it would discuss issues of corruption, national security and others besides state politics and candidates for the state assembly polls.

On chances of leaders like Kalyan Singh, Uma Bharti and Govindachara joining BJP, Naqvi said, "till now I did not see any chance of return of any big leader in the party fold".

He said that party would get absolute majority in the Assembly polls and form the government in the state.