BJP, BSP set for alliance in Lok Sabha polls: Congress

July 25th, 2008 - 7:05 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Bharatiya Janata Party

Lucknow, July 25 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) have worked out an alliance for the next parliamentary elections, the Uttar Pradesh state unit of the Congress claimed Friday. “The resistance shown by the BJP and BSP towards each other is only superficial. They have worked out an alliance for the next Lok Sabha elections,” Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) president Rita Bahuguna Joshi told reporters here.

“The BJP and BSP tried to give a communal colour to the India-US nuclear deal, but both fell flat on their faces,” she added.

She termed the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government’s win in the parliament trust vote as historical, and thanked all the political parties and people who supported them.

“We are excited and overwhelmed with the win. It has given a strong jolt to the political ambitions of the communal forces who came together and tried their best to take the country backwards,” Joshi said.

Joshi also hinted towards a possible alliance between the Congress and the Samajwadi Party, which supported the UPA in the trust vote, in the forthcoming elections.

“We are open to an alliance and the high command of both the parties will take a decision,” she said.

The UPCC, which earlier this week announced that it had switched to the election mode, also declared the names of office bearers of its working committee.

“Party in-charges have been appointed in all districts and all have been assigned responsibilities. We will be organising the first meeting of the working committee and all district office bearers on Aug 10 and 11,” she said.

Attacking Chief Minister Mayawati, Joshi said she should focus on the development of the state instead of aiming for the country’s top job.

“She is in a haste to become the prime minister without realizing that one needs to make an impact in all parts of the country to reach that position. Having presence in only one state is not enough,” Joshi said.

“She should first focus on relief work in the flood-hit areas and visit those affected rather than instructing bureaucrats to do the work,” she added.

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