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Join us, Rajnath tells Gowda

Having snared the son, BJP president Rajnath Singh is now appealing to the father, former prime minister H.D. Deve Gowda, to sever ties with the Congress and support the new government in Karnataka.

india Updated: Feb 05, 2006 01:57 IST

Having snared the son, BJP president Rajnath Singh is now appealing to the father, former prime minister H.D. Deve Gowda, to sever ties with the Congress and support the new government in Karnataka.

While asking the senior Gowda how a “humble farmer” could continue relations with the Congress under whose government 7,300 farmers had committed suicide nationwide, Rajnath said he was confident that the JD(S)-BJP alliance would last the remaining term under the power-sharing formula. He dismissed speculation that Kumaraswamy may opt out of the alliance at the end of his 20-month term to re-establish the party’s secular credentials. “There are no reasons as of now to doubt anyone,” Rajnath said, adding that the BJP was committed by the principles of coalition.

Singh reiterated that his party would contest elections in UP with Kalyan Singh as the chief ministerial candidate. “There is no question of an alliance with the BSP,” he stated, adding that once was enough.

The BJP chief claimed that the Kashmir situation was once again deteriorating, with the UPA government faulting on the peace process, initiated by the Vajpayee-led NDA government.

Rajnath also trashed Pakistan President Gen Pervez Musharraf’s Kashmir peace formula of self-governance, demilitarisation and joint management, and said that J&K was an integral part of the country and there was no question of joint control. He said the government should now start working on the rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits.