Mid-term elections in 2008, says Naidu

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Aurangabad, Maharashtra, Oct 16 (UNI) Senior BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu, while describing the alliance between the Congress and the Left as an ''opportunistic'' one which could collapse any time, claimed there was a likelihood of mid-term elections in 2008.

Mr Naidu was in the city to attend the state-level party executive meeting as a part of the party's preparations to face the ''eventual mid-term polls''.

Both the government and the Left Front are giving an impression that the dispute between them is over, but the fact is they are at loggerheads on almost all issues covering foreign policy, FDI, investment, disinvestments, labour and agriculture, he said while talking to reporters here today. He alleged that the Congress and the Left have joined hands only on a single issue -- that to keep the BJP away from power.

The BJP leader said the partymen have been asked to be ready to face the mid-term elections.

He said the BJP was not against a nuclear pact with the US, but ''we oppose blindly following that country''.

He also alleged that UPA government has failed to check terrorism.

Except for offering condolences to the dead and compensation to the survivors, the government has done nothing. It is the worst and weakest government we had since our Independence, Mr Naidu alleged.

While claiming that the party situation is different in Maharashtra than that in UP, he said Ms Mayawati came to power only because people were fed up with the rule of Mulayam Singh.

Mr Naidu refused to comment on who would be leading the party in the forthcoming general elections. ''We already have two leaders A B Vajpayee and L K Advani. Let the elections be declared, you will automatically come to know of the other people leading the campaign,'' he quipped.

UNI

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