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BJP rules out poll alliance with SP in UP

Rajnath has ruled out any alliance with the SP in UP, but is keeping options open for elections in other states.

india Updated: Feb 11, 2006 21:29 IST

The Bhartiya Janata Party has ruled out any alliance with the Samajwadi Party for elections in Uttar Pradesh.

Party chief Rajnath Singh said that no grouping outside the NDA was possible for the UP elections.

At the same time, the party has kept partnership options open for elections in other states.

"We cannot even dream of having an alliance with the Samajwadi Party," BJP chief said. "The question of a pact with the SP does not arise."

His comments came in the wake of the RSS organ 'Organiser' which suggested thatthe BJP can try out "a certain degree of adventurism" by having a pact with the SP.

Singh accused both the SP and the Left of fooling voters alike with what he called their hollow anti-Congress rhetoric.

"In a healthy democracy, no party should fool voters like both the Left and the SP are doing," Singh said, referring to the opposition of the two parties on the issue of India's vote on Iran.

First Published: Feb 11, 2006 16:38 IST