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SP rules out post-poll alliance with BJP

"Samajwadi Party won't become a part of NDA even if Mulayam was offered the post of Prime Minister," Amar Singh said.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, Lucknow
UPDATED ON APR 20, 2004 12:30 PM IST

Ruling out any post-poll alliance with the NDA, the Samajwadi Party on Monday said it would not join the coalition even if its president Mulayam Singh Yadav was made the Prime Minister.

"The SP will not become part of the NDA even if its president Mulayam Singh Yadav is offered the post of the Prime Minister," Samajwadi Party national General Secretary Amar Singh told reporters in Lucknow.

Strongly refuting Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's recent statement that there are no ideological differences between SP and BJP, Singh said, "Vajpayee's statement was likely to create an unnecessary confusion among a particular section of the society (read Muslims)."

"There were several issues like Ayodhya, Kashi, Mathura, Article 370 and the Uniform Civil Code on which the views of the SP was diametrically opposite to that of the BJP," he said.

These issues are an important part of the BJP while the SP has always opposed them, he said adding, "in such a situation there was no possibility of any kind of understanding or alliance with the BJP."

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