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Betrayal, says Rajnath Singh

Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: The Bharatiya Janata Party national president Rajnath Singh on Monday night described the refusal of the Janata Dal (S) to support the BJP in Karnataka as nothing but betrayal.

“We are ready to face the elections and expose the JD(S) by going to the people. We are confident of winning with a thumping majority,” he told presspersons after a meeting to celebrate the birth anniversary of the Rani of Jhansi, Lakshmi Bai, and 150 years of the First War of Independence.

Mr. Singh said the two parties had a clear understanding that after 20 months at the helm the JD (S) would facilitate a smooth and unconditional transfer of power to put the BJP in the driving seat. “JD (S) president Deve Gowda even spoke to me over phone to tell me of his unconditional support. However, I was surprised to see him coming up with a draft of another understanding with 12 conditions,” he said recalling the turn of events.

“We are in the business of moral politics and are ready to go to the people. No other party can match us when it comes to understanding and running coalition politics. There cannot be a bigger betrayal in Indian politics than this,” he said.

Quota for women

Earlier, Mr. Singh told a gathering of party cadres that the BJP was all set to become the first political party in the country to truly provide 33.3 per cent reservation for women in the party leadership.

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