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Rival Parties Playing Communal Cards: BJP

Ahead of the last phase of Lok Sabha polls, BJP accused other parties in UP, including Congress, SP and BSP, of playing communal cards as part of their polarisation politics.

Published: 10th May 2014 06:41 PM  |   Last Updated: 10th May 2014 06:41 PM   |  A+A-

By PTI

Ahead of the last phase of Lok Sabha polls, BJP today accused other parties in UP, including Congress, SP and BSP, of playing communal cards as part of their "polarisation politics" as they were suffering from "depression" and demanded the Election Commission to ensure free and fair polls.

Addressing the last press conference before the poll campaign came to an end in this temple town and 40 other constituencies in other parts, BJP President Rajnath Singh also said that all parties were welcome to join BJP-led NDA even after polls, although the party was confident of getting a clear majority for the existing alliance itself.

"We are already getting a clear majority. Our internal assessment shows that we have taken a clear lead on more than 300 seats and we are very much confident of crossing the magic mark of 272 seats to form a BJP-led NDA government," Singh said.

The BJP leader said that there was also a possibility of BJP on its own crossing 272-mark. "Still, if any party wants to support BJP-led NDA government, we will welcome them." 

Yesterday also, BJP's general secretary and UP in-charge Amit Shah had said that BJP does not believe in political untouchability and all parties were welcome to join the alliance if they wanted to be a partner in the nation's development.

The debate about post-poll alliance was triggered after Modi indicated two days back that more allies could join the NDA. However, leaders like Mayawati and Mamta Bannejee have already said that they would not support BJP and Modi under any circumstances.

Hitting out at Congress and other parties, Singh said they were trying to play communal cards as they do not have any achievements to showcase before the voters.

"There are many political parties besides Congress who have played communal card, but today they are suffering from depression and are now trying to divert attention by talking about issues like religion to do politics of polarisation," Singh said.

"At the same time, these parties are also accusing BJP of indulging in divisive politics. The fact is that we dont need to do it and we can not do it," he said, while adding that BJP has already won many state elections in recent past on the issues of development and good governance.



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