No realignment after Lok Sabha polls, says Venkaiah

PTI | ByPress Trust of India, Chennai
May 08, 2004 04:29 PM IST

The BJP president said there won't be any post-poll realignment, even if people threw a hung Parliament.

BJP President M Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday ruled out realignment of political forces after the Lok Sabha elections.

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"There is no question of realignment of forces, even if the people threw a hung Parliament," he told a press conference in Chennai.

Asked specifically if the erstwhile partners of NDA from Tamil Nadu would be readmitted after the polls, he said the question did not arise.

He likened exit and opinion polls to the trailers of the films, which were yet to be released. "These will help the people understand the forces of instability," he said.

Naidu alleged that the Congress was attempting to avoid an important question raised by the BJP on the 'moral validity' of its alliance with the DMK after withdrawing support to the Gujaral Ministry, levelling grave charges against the DMK over the Rajiv Gandhi assassination.

"There is still a day left for the Congress to answer this important question. Its failure to do so would amount to admission of its guilt to our charge that it had indulged in immoral and unprincipled politics," he said.

The Congress was telling a 'white lie' to the people of the country that it gave a clean chit to DMK after the final report of the Jain Commission absolved it, he said.

He said Congress spokesman Kapil Sibal, in August 1999, four months after the Commission had filed its final report, told the Rajya Sabha that Justice Jain had not absolved DMK of any charges and in fact wanted action against the party.

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