JD (S) to have alliance with Leftists in Rajasthan

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Jaipur, Oct 9 (UNI) The Janta Dal (Secular) has expressed its willingness to forge polls alliances with CPI, CPI(M) and other like minded secular parties for the next Assembly elections in Rajasthan due to be held later this year.

The party General Secretary Danish Ali and State President Arjun Detha told reporters here today that the party wanted to strengthen Third Front secular forces by avoiding division of anti-Congress and anti-BJP votes in the state.

The party state unit had initially convey its preparedness to contest 50 of the 200 Assembly seats in the state, however, the final decision would be taken by the party high command, they said.

Mr Ali said the high command might allow the state unit to field the party candidates on 20 to 24 seats. He said our target was to emerge as a power capable to dictate the constitution of the next government after the polls.

The JD(S) leaders said both the Congress as well as BJP did symbolise evils and anti-poor political formations and the people in the state were eager to defeat them.

Meanwhile, JD (S) supremo and former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda was scheduled to launch the party campaign for the elections from Nagar Assembly segment in Bharatpur district on October 18, Mr Ali added.

Earlier, Mr Ali and Mr Detha participated in the party state executive committee meeting here.

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