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BSP to go alone in Lok Sabha polls

punjab Updated: Aug 10, 2013 21:24 IST
HT Correspondent

Dismissing the possibility of the opposition parties coming together at one platform against the ruling alliance in Punjab, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has decided to contest all 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab on its own.

BSP general secretary Narinder Kashyap, who was in Bathinda to address the Sarav Samaj Vishal Workers Sammelan on Saturday, made it clear that there is no possibility of an alliance with any party in Punjab.

Kashyap told mediapersons that the party high command has started activities in all the states for the Lok Sabha elections to boost the morale of party cadre and asking them to be ready for the polls.

"BSP supremo Mayawati has given us a green signal to start preparations for contesting the elections from all seats in Punjab. We are looking for candidates now. Soon, we will issue the list of candidates," Kashyap said.

Talking about the possibility of a post-poll alliance, he said it would be too early to talk about the third front after the elections. However, he was clear on not going with the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) even after the polls. "The BSP will not be a part of the NDA, which comprises a communal Bharatiya Janata Party and has leaders like Narendra Modi, who has allegedly been involved in the killing of many innocent people in Gujarat," he said.

Kashyap also welcomed the Supreme Court decision that tainted politicians cannot contest an election.

He slammed the Shiromani Akali Dal-led state government for imposing heavy taxes on people of Punjab and not keeping the promises made before elections.

"The state government should not take people for granted. It should keep all the promises made to the poor and implement the schemes properly," said Kashyap.