Rajnath hints at seat sharing with JD(U) in UP

'In Bihar, we fight as the NDA and we would like to fight with our allies in UP also', says Rajnath Singh.

india Updated: Dec 16, 2006 21:55 IST

The BJP has indicated that it is ready for a seat-sharing arrangement in Uttar Pradesh with its NDA partner Janata Dal (United) that is understood to have reached a tie-up with local outfit Apna Dal for the state assembly elections due next year.

"We will allot some seats to our allies (in Uttar Pradesh). In Bihar, we fought as the NDA and we would like to fight with our allies in Uttar Pradesh also," party chief Rajnath Singh told RSS mouthpiece Organiser in an interview.

He was asked whether his party would fight the state assembly elections alone or in alliance with its NDA partners.

Singh did not name any ally that his party would allot seats to in Uttar Pradesh, but there is no other party from the NDA, except for the BJP and the JD (U), which has stakes in the state.

Also, the BJP chief, whose re-election is yet to be ratified by the party's national council that is scheduled to meet in Lucknow this month, spoke about plans for expansion of the NDA that has been reduced to a grouping of five parties from more than 20 when it was in power at the centre.

"We will definitely try to bring in more allies to the NDA fold," he said.

He insisted his party would either get absolute majority or would emerge as the single largest party in Uttar Pradesh, his home state, after the assembly elections there.

Law and order, Singh said, was the BJP's key electoral plank in the state.

First Published: Dec 16, 2006 21:14 IST