Friday, May 1, 2009

BJP rules out supporting Third Front govt

New Delhi: BJP today ruled out supporting a Third Front government in the event of the NDA failing to cobble up a majority, stating the "nucleus of any non-Congress government has to be BJP or the NDA". "The question of a BJP or an NDA support to a Third or a Fourth Front is a ruled out possibility," BJP general secretary Arun Jaitley said. "There is a possibility of a non-Congress created government emerging after the polls and the nucleus of any non-Congress government has to be the BJP or the NDA, " he said. "There is no Third Front possible in India as a government because a Third Front or a Fourth Front all together does not total up to more than 150 seats beyond any calculation without either the Congress or the BJP support," he told NDTV.

Jaitley said in such a scenario the Congress would have to decide whether it wants "short term or long term gains". "But I see the politics gradually drifting in favour of a larger non-Congress party doing better," he said. The saffron party's chief strategist said such a non-Congress formation could not form the next government without BJP.

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