K'taka results will impact Lok Sabha polls: Rajnath

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{image-Rajnath singh01_25052008.jpg www.oneindia.com}New Delhi, May 25: Terming BJP's victory in Karnataka a 'remarkable milestone' in the party's growing influence in the country, BJP president Rajnath Singh today said the results will have impact on the coming Lok Sabha elections.

Announcing the party's decision to stake claim to form a government in the state at the BJP headquarters, Mr Singh said the leads secured by the party were giving clear indications that it is heading for a clear majority. The party thanked its Chief Ministerial nominee B S Yeddyurappa, state BJP president Sadananda Gowda and party general secretary Ananth Kumar for achieving the goal. ''We thank the people for giving their mandate in BJP's favour,'' he said.

He said the victory had also transformed the BJP as the biggest party in the country. Karnataka will be the seventh state where the party will form the government while it was in power in five states in alliance with its partner.

He said no other political party in the country could surpass the Congress in terms of social and geographical vote base. ''We are no longer a party confined to northern cow belt as derisively referred,'' Mr Singh added.

He said the BJP and the NDA had projected Leader of Opposition L K Advani as their Prime Ministerial nominee and the results of Karnataka will have impact in the coming Lok Sabha polls also.

He also said the Parliamentary Board will meet in the party headquarters here at 1800 hrs to review the Karnataka results.

Since, the party had already projected Mr Yeddiyurappa as its chief ministerial candidate, it will be a mere formality that the Parliamentary Board will be ratifying his elevation as the leader of the BJP Legislature Party and the next Chief Minister.

In the meanwhile, party spokesman Ravishankar Prasad said the Karnataka verdict was decisively against the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular) and the Governor should not delay in inviting the BJP to form the government in Karnataka.

UNI

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