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BJP foresees infighting in UPA after assembly polls

BJP said the outcome of the assembly elections would intensify inner contradictions within the UPA.

india Updated: Apr 16, 2006 13:03 IST

BJP President Rajnath Singh on Sunday said the outcome of the assembly elections in five states, particularly West Bengal and Kerala, would intensify "inner contradictions" within the UPA.

"UPA parties are already fighting among themselves. After the assembly polls, their fight will intensify," BJP President Rajnath Singh told reporters on Sunday, wrapping up the second leg of his 5,500-km 'Bharat Suraksha Yatra', which began from Bhubaneswar on April 6.

Rajnath Singh, who has so far covered almost 2,000 km, travelling through Naxalite-infested areas of Orissa, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Bihar, will resume the third leg of his yatra from the temple town of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh on April 18.

Singh said response to the yatra in the four states showed that people acknowledged the issues raised by the party, particularly the rise in prices of essential commodities and the growing Naxalite and terrorist violence.

The BJP chief claimed that disenchantment of the people with the UPA was growing within just two years of the coalition coming into power and added that if it did not improve its performance, it may be rejected by the voters in the next Lok Sabha polls.

Rajnath, who left Gopalganj for West Bengal for two-day electioneering, alleged that the Centre had lost all its credibility because of the presence of "tainted" persons in the Government and a number of scams like Iraq oil payoff deal, Mitrokhin Archive controversy and Bofors payoff.

First Published: Apr 16, 2006 13:03 IST