Gujarat heading towards hung Assembly: Yadav

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Vadodara, Gujarat, Dec 4 (UNI) Janata Dal (U) supremo Sharad Yadav today said Gujarat was heading towards a hung Assembly, and his party could play a major role in the formation of a government in the state.

Talking to mediapersons after arriving here to kickstart the election campaign of his party, Mr Yadav said neither the BJP nor the Congress would get majority to form the government.

Expressing confidence that JD (U), which is contesting in 37 constituencies in the state, would bag a good number of seats, particularly in the tribal belt, Mr Yadav said his party would try to form a third front after the elections, with the support of other like-minded parties, but it will not tie-up with Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

Despite communal polarisation in 2002, JD (U) had won two seats and emerged as the third largest party in terms of popular vote share, the JD (U) Chief said.

Mr Yadav announced that JD(U) would release its election manifesto on December 6 in the presence of all senior party leaders, including Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who is scheduled to arrive here tomorrow.

Stating that the outcome of the Gujarat Assembly elections would certainly give a new direction to Indian politics, the JD(U) President said if his party comes to power in the state, it would scrap all Special Economic Zones (SEZs) in the state and set up a tribal commission to safeguard the interests of the tribals.

Holding the ''Modi-factor'' responsible for the defeat of the NDA in the 2004 Lok Sabha elections, Mr Yadav alleged that Mr Modi had turned BJP into merely ''a rubber stamp.'' UNI

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