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BJP confident of NCP support in Chhattisgarh

BJP today expressed confidence that it would get NCP's support in forming the govt in Chh'garh if the party didn't get a clear majority.

india Updated: Dec 04, 2003 13:24 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

BJP on Thursday expressed confidence that it would get Nationalist Congress Party's (NCP) support in forming the government in Chhattisgarh if the party did not get a clear majority.

"In think NCP will support us in Chattisgarh", Party General Secretary Pramod Mahajan, who is likley to leave for Raipur shortly, said and added that the Chief Minister would be from BJP in event of the party getting 46 seats.

The NCP was created to oppose Congress chief Sonia Gandhi as the Prime Ministerial candidate at national level and in Chhattisgarh to oppose Chief Minister Ajit Jogi, Mahahan said, adding he was in touch with NCP leader Sharad Pawar on a daily basis.

Asked about as to who would be the Chief Minister in the state after the front runner Dilip Singh Judeo got embroiled in the cash-on-tape controversy, Mahajan said "I will talk to MLAs.. We have to discuss this with Prime Minister. We are zeroing in on a couple of names".

Jubiliant over BJP's performance in Rajasthan, Mahajan said the eventual party tally was unexpected as he was hopeful of only of about 100 seats.

"It is for the first time in the history of Rajasthan that BJP is likley to cross 100 seats which has never happened before," he said and added that the credit for this went to people of the state and Vasundhara Raje.

Rathyatra and getting the Jat Sabha had worked for the party in the state, he said.

The strategy was to have Vasundhara Raje as a leader who represented women and not any caste in the caste laden elections of Rajasthan, he added.

First Published: Dec 04, 2003 13:24 IST