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UPA Government buckling under pressure: Vajpayee

DONA PAULA (GOA), AUG. 1. A day after a key ally, Janata Dal (United), threatened to snap ties with the National Democratic Alliance if it returns to the Hindutva fold, the former Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, today stressed the need to keep the alliance intact even as the RSS asked the party to remain firm on its ideology.

Participating in the party's brainstorming session on the second day, Mr. Vajpayee said all efforts should be made to keep the NDA united as the party endeavours to grow further. He, however, did not specifically refer to any ally or the threat made by the JD(U) at its national executive meet in Delhi on Saturday.

Mr. Vajpayee expressed concern over the functioning of the United Progressive Alliance Government, which, he said, was "buckling under pressure from Communists."

RSS warning

The RSS joint general secretary in-charge of the BJP, Madan Das Devi, told the BJP leaders that the Sangh expected the party to remain firm on Hindutva and propagate its ideology confidently and effectively.

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