Kolkata, Apr 6 UNI | 4 months ago

BJP today claimed that it will not need any post-poll alliance with the Trinamool Congress or any other force as it will get more than 250 seats in the Lok Sabha elections.

''There is no question of seeking post-poll support. I do not think there will be any need to take anybody's support including that of the Trinamool Congress,'' Mr Venkaiah Naidu, the Rajya Sabha MP told at a press conference.

The BJP senior leader claimed that the party alone would cross the 250 mark and would form the government at the Centre with its allies.

''The Congress will face its worst ever defeat and reach its lowest ebb of political existence. It will not be able to cross the double-digit figure,'' he said. Replying to a question, Mr Naidu said the Trinamool Congress had a feeling that the BJP was a threat ''and that is why it is attacking us.'' Referring to Congress president Sonia Gandhi's meeting with Shahi Imam of Delhi's Jama Masjid Syed Ahmed Bukhari, Mr Naidu claimed that this effort would boomerang on the Congress.

''Realising the poll scenario, she (Gandhi) went there. Madam, you should fight the elections on issues,'' he said. He also brushed aside the possibility of any impact of a sting operation by a news portal on the Babri Masjid demolition, alleging that it was a 'conspiracy' before the elections.

''You come out with something about an incident of 1992 just before the 2014 elections. It will backfire,'' he said. Taking a dig at the Aam Admi Party, the BJP leader complained that the party was not saying anything on Ms Gandhi and the Congress party and it was only targeting Narendra Modi, who is the prime ministerial candidate of BJP.

''AAP is like the B team of Congress. It has lost credibility and become irrelevant and not in the reckoning at national level,'' Mr Naidu said.

Responding to a question, the BJP leader said there was no secret that the Left would again support the Congress. ''Voting for it would amount to voting for instability and supporting the Congress,'' he added. Mr Naidu, however, avoided a direct reply to the question on his party's stand on the statehood demand for Darjeeling, where the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha was supporting party candidate S S Ahulwalia.

''When the manifesto of our party is released tomorrow, things will be clear,'' he said.

(Posted on 06-04-2014)