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Updated: May 9, 2014 19:40 IST

BSP, Trinamool rule out support to BJP

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BSP supremo Mayawati addresses an election campaign rally in Mirzapur on Thursday.
BSP supremo Mayawati addresses an election campaign rally in Mirzapur on Thursday.

BSP chief Mayawati and Trinamool Congress on Friday dashed any hopes of a post-poll alignment with the BJP-led NDA, an option about which Narendra Modi had talked in an interview.

“BJP leader Narendra Modi in his recent interview had claimed that if needed he might seek support of AIADMK leader Jayalalithaa, TMC’s (Trinamool Congress’) Mamata Banerjee and BSP national president...

“I want to make it clear that BSP will not extend any kind of support to Modi or NDA to form the government at any cost,” Ms. Mayawati told reporters here.

Rejecting the possibility of a tie up with BJP, Trinamool Congress also said “if he says BJP’s doors are open for a Modi-led government, then we will use the same analogy to say that our doors are shut and the keys have been thrown away.”

However, there was no reaction from Chennai either from the Tamil Nadu chief minister or her party AIADMK.

In his interview, Mr. Modi said “Whatever I wanted to explain, I have. This can also be a tactic to keep the door open... I won’t explain it now but will do so after May 12.”

Ms. Mayawati told reporters on Friday that Modi’s statement betrayed nervousness on his part as the BJP has realised that it might not be able to form the government.

“When elections started, Modi was claiming that NDA will not require support of any other party. No party talks about taking support of any other party unless it is unsure of its victory.... The interview of Modi is a ploy to create confusion in the minds of minority community which are voting for us,” she said.

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