NDA CMs to give final touches to action plan for 2009 polls

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New Delhi, Feb 16 (UNI) Having promised to give India 'a big leap forward' the NDA Chief Ministers will be meeting during the inter-session of the Budget session of Parliament to give final touches to the action plan to emerge as a clear alternative to the people in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections.

A decision to this effect was taken at the meeting of top BJP leaders at the residence of Leader of Opposition and NDA Prime Ministerial candidate for the 2009 general elections L K Advani.

The leaders will also consider the demographic changes that have taken place in the urban and rural areas and to tailor their action plans according to the changing needs and newly defined delimited Parliamentary and Assembly constituencies.

The Cabinet has approved the recommendations of the Delimitation Commission which would mean that the Karnataka Assembly elections which were to be held before May 28 may now have to be held in November 2008. The BJP has, however, demanded that the elections be held as per the orginal plans as voters list can be prepared in two months as the Election Commission is ready with the voters list under the previous delimitation map. All the changes can be incorporated and the elections can be held in two months time provided, the UPA obtains Presidential assent for the cabinet recommendation.

However, the party feels that the Congress in all probability will be holding elections in November complying with the wishes of its Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee.

This would mean that the elections for the states of Madhya Pradesh, Chhatisgarh and Rajasthan can also be held along with Karnataka not foreclosing the option of clubbing the Lok Sabha polls. The Lok Sabha polls are to be held before May 2008 and this would mean advancing the polls by little over seven months.

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