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All set: BJP leaders M. Venkaiah Naidu, Bandaru Dattatreya and Prakash Javedkar (in-charge of AP affairs) at a political training camp for party executive members in Hyderabad on Thursday.
All set: BJP leaders M. Venkaiah Naidu, Bandaru Dattatreya and Prakash Javedkar (in-charge of AP affairs) at a political training camp for party executive members in Hyderabad on Thursday.

HYDERABAD: Former BJP president M. Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday asked the party functionaries to be prepared for early elections to the Lok Sabha and declared that the State would be bifurcated if a BJP-led Government returned to power at the Centre.

Addressing the State BJP executive members at the inaugural session of a political training camp, he said the party was likely to contest, on its own, all the 42 Lok Sabha seats. He said all the parties, including Congress leaders, were talking of early elections and the indications were that they would be held before March next.

He wanted the functionaries to take up agitations on people’s issues, form booth-level committees and shortlist the possible candidates, based on their popularity, in each district.

He told them to highlight the NDA regime’s achievements and how it had provided a stable Government at the Centre. He charged the other parties with practising “pseudo-secularism”, vote-bank politics and remaining soft on terrorism. He said that secularism did not mean being “irreligious” but to respect all religions equally.

State BJP president Bandaru Dattatreya said the political situation in the State and at the national level was changing quickly.


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