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PTI | ByPress Trust of India, Tutcorin
May 07, 2004 12:37 PM IST

George Fernandes said NDA would form the next govt on its own but other parties could join.

Defence Minister George Fernandes on Friaday said the NDA would form the next government on its own but would still keep its doors open for other parties to join the alliance.

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Speaking to reporters here, he ruled out the possibility of a 'hung parliament' and said more parties were expected to join the NDA after the elections.

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He justified the alliance with the Dalit parties in Tamil Nadu and said he had always been fighting for the cause of social justice and the Dalits.

He was confident that the People's alliance leaders, including Tirumavalavan, Kannappan and Krishnaswamy would emerge winners.

To a question, he said there was no confusion in the NDA, since they had fielded candidates against the AIADMK and BJP in Tamil Nadu. The JD-U had fielded candidates against BJP in Rajasthan also.

He said NDA had stated in its manifesto that an amicable solution would be found for the Ram temple issue in Ayodhya. But the same had been 'misinterpreted' by the so called secular parties.

He regretted the stampede incident during the saree-distribution at Lucknow and said the incident would not affect the BJP.

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