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Cong can face BJP alone: Naidu - The Indian Express

United News of India ()
October 26, 1998

Title: Cong can face BJP alone: Naidu
Author: United News of India
Publication: The Indian Express
Date: October 26, 1998

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Venkaiah Naidu today
said the Congress had developed cold feet in the states going to
the polls next month. He said the Congress was desperately
looking for allies as it was not in a position to face the BJP

Naidu, who was here to inaugurate the Maharashtra BJP's four-day
training camp in the Aarey Milk Colony in Goregaon, told UNI the
BJP will announce its candidates for the elections to the
Legislative Assemblies of Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and
Mizoram on November 4.

The party's central election committee will meet in Delhi from
November 1 to finalise the candidates.

He said his party's central leadership had entrusted the party
units in the four states to assess the possibility of forging
local electoral alliances.

Naidu said his party was confident of performing extremely well
in MP, Rajasthan and Delhi, while it would surely open its
account in Mizoram. He ridiculed the Communists for postponing
their politburo meeting on the pretext of Assembly elections in
the states where they have no presence.

He said the Communists wanted to campaign for the Congress in
these states. The Rashtriya Loktantrik Morcha is a non-starter
and all these opposition parties have reached an understanding,
he said, adding the BJP will defeat the "unholy" alliance.

Earlier, addressing party workers, Naidu listed the achievements
of the BJP-led coalition Government at the Centre saying there
was no threat to the Government and it would complete its

There was no question of the BJP thrusting its election agenda
on its allies, he said.

The BJP government had performed wee during its six-month tenure
with the nuclear tests, the Cauvery water dispute resolution,
bringing the prime minister under the Lok Pal Bill, among other
things, he said. The camp is being attended by Maharashtra
Deputy Chief Minister Gopinath Munde, Cabinet ministers,
ministers of State, office-bearers and workers from all over the

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