Mid-term polls still a distinct possibility: Rajnath

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New Delhi, Oct 16 (UNI) The BJP today said mid-term Lok Sabha polls were still a 'distinct possibility' notwithstanding the 'U-turn' by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's government on the Indo-US nuclear deal for the sake of prolonging the UPA government's survival.

BJP President Rajnath Singh, while talking to newspersons here, said the differences between the UPA and the Left were so very large that he does not feel the clouds of mid-term elections have vanished.

When suggested that the Prime Minister had practically surrendered the nuclear deal, Mr Singh said the PM had only told the US President about the 'difficulties' facing his government in operationalising the deal.

Also, the Left parties were threatening to bash the government on its failure to check the prices, he said.

Answering questions about the BJP making Ram Sethu an election issue, he said the party would not make it a poll plank but would place its views in the matter before the people the way it had done in the Ram Janma Bhoomi case.

To a question, he claimed that the strength of the NDA partners would increase ahead of the Lok Sabha elections but did not foreclose its post-poll options. ''Talks with prospective alliance partners were going on. I can tell you that our numbers will increase but at the same time I will not rule out a post-poll alliance,'' Mr Singh said.

When reminded of the fact that the BJP always valued pre-poll alliance as compared to post-poll patch ups, he said the party's preference has not changed even now.

UNI

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