BJP preparing for ''imminent'' mid-term Lok Sabha polls: Naidu

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Panaji, Oct 18 (UNI) Asserting that the mid-term polls to the Lok Sabha were imminent in the light of widening differences between the Congress and Left parties over the controversial Indo-US nuclear deal, BJP national vice-president M Venkaiah Naidu today said the party had already started preparing for the elections, which would be possibly held early next year.

The party had identified ten burning issues on which the BJP would fight the mid-term elections, Mr Naidu told mediapersons here.

''The issues include galloping price rise, agrarian crisis marked with farmers' suicides and unremunerative prices, unemployment, insecurity with a series of bomb blasts, instability, policy of appeasement on communal divide, Ram Sethu issue that deliberately marred the sentiments of millions of people and the like,'' he added.

Mr Naidu said he was here today as part of an exercise to preparing the party in Goa for the Assembly polls after the BJP General Secretaries meeting at New Delhi yesterday approved the agenda for the mid-term polls.

''We should not stop the preparations for the coming elections to the respective Assemblies in Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh and possible polls in Karnataka, but go ahead with the mid-term polls for Lok Sabha,'' he added.

To a poser, Mr Naidu said the BJP did not commit any ''mistake'' in supporting the JD(S)-led government in Karnataka as ''we trusted it'' but withdrew from the coalition because the government ''betrayed us and we have learnt a good lesson''.

Referring to the Gujarat elections, he said dissidence was bound to go to ''residence'' in due course and the party would act tough to contain it.

About the nagging issue of reservations to Gujjars in Rajasthan, Mr Naidu said the Centre should step in to resolve the problem as the community was not only confined to Rajasthan.


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