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BJP-JD(U) to jointly campaign in Karnataka

Smoothening the rough edges in their alliance in Karnataka, BJP and JD(U) announced that they have reached an understanding for a joint poll campaign for the Lok Sabha and Assembly polls.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, Bangalore
UPDATED ON APR 06, 2004 09:21 PM IST

Smoothening the rough edges in their alliance in Karnataka, BJP and JD(U) on April 4 announced that they have reached an understanding for a joint poll campaign for the Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in the state.

Defence Minister and JD (U) leader George Fernandes and BJP Spokesman Arun Jaitley told reporters after a meeting that both parties would hold joint rallies involving senior state leaders to synergise their energies and efforts for the alliance's victory.

"We have decided on a joint campaign and joint meetings for synergy because of the alliance that will enable NDA to form a Government in Karnataka", Fernandes said.

Jaitley said the seat sharing between the two parties had gone on "smoothly" and "we are doing some minor adjustments" that were required.

"We have decided to carry on the joint campaign as far as possible," he said.

In a climax, some joint rallies would be addressed by Fernandes and BJP President Venkaiah Naidu, he said, adding the joint campaign was aimed at "maximising the benefit" of alliance between the two parties.

Asked what were the "minor adjustments" that were being made, Jaitley said they were "very marginal" and "we see no difficulty in working them out".

On JD (U) being reportedly unhappy over the number of seats allotted to it, Jaitley said "both groups start from a higher negotiating point. Even between friends, it happens".

Under the poll pact, BJP has allotted four Lok Sabha and 25 assembly seats to JD (U). The alliance between BJP and the then ruling JD (U) in the last polls had ended in a disaster with both weighed down by anti-incumbency factor.

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