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Rift in JD(U) over tie-up with BJP

Rift appeared in JD(U) over the tie-up with BJP for the assembly polls in Tamil Nadu.

india Updated: Apr 05, 2006 15:57 IST

Rift appeared on Tuesday in JD(U) over the tie-up with BJP for the assembly polls in Tamil Nadu with national president George Fernandes rejecting an accord signed between supporters of Sharad Yadav, the party's parliamentary board president, and state leaders of the saffron party.

Announcing that his party would go it alone and field 60 candidates for the May 8 assembly elections, Fernandes said, "NDA is only at the national level. At the state level, BJP goes on its own and the JD(U) makes its own decisions".

After discussions with his partymen, Fernandes claimed he was unaware about any accord with BJP.

"I am not aware of any agreement with BJP for the TN assembly elections. The BJP had never discussed anything with JD(U) over the assembly elections," he told reporters.

Announcing three names including that of Subash Panniayar, brother of one Venkasa Pannaiyar who was killed in an encounter with the police, he said JD(U) would take up the issue of the "encounter death".

Drawing a parallel between the Jessica Lall case and the encounter death of Pannaiyar, he said "influential persons" were trying to "block justice" in Paanniyar's case.

Party leaders from Tamil Nadu would meet the President and the judges of the Supreme Court and seek justice, he said.

It was announced last night that JD(U) would align with the BJP and contest in five constituencies. Supporters of Sharad Yadav had claimed that it was done with the leader's consent.

First Published: Apr 05, 2006 00:40 IST