TN: NDA will get 300 seats easily, says Rajnath Singh

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Rajnath Singh
Thanjavur, April 19: BJP's President Rajnath Singh ruled out all the possibilities of a post-poll alliance and said that he was confident that the NDA would secure 300 Lok Sabha seats without any problem.

"We are fully confident that the BJP-led NDA will cross this magic number - 272. We expect that the NDA will get approximately 300 Lok Sabha seats," he said.

Enquiring whether the BJP was willing to have a post-poll alliance with the AIADMK in the wake of Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalitha and Narendra Modi having a battle of wars in recent times, Rajnath Singh said,"There will be no further alliance after polls. We are fully confident and we will get a clear and comfortable majority."

On fingers raising at the Gujarat development model, Rajnath Singh said that it was not a myth and that Rajiv Gandhi Foundation headed by Sonia Gandhi appreciated the developments in Gujarat in 2008. He further added that the BJP-led NDA was a major political force in the state.

"In Tamil Nadu, the political power has been changing hands between the DMK and the AIADMK. Now, the BJP-led NDA with five political parties has emerged as a major political force in Tamil Nadu. Definitely, this alliance will provide an alternative to the people of Tamil Nadu and the alliance will win 20 seats in the state," Singh said.

Blaming both the AIADMK and DMK for neglecting Tamil Nadu's development, he said,"Due to lack of development in Tamil Nadu, unemployment is very high. There is no room for good governance and development because the DMK and the AIADMK believe in vendetta. Until Tamil Nadu is freed from the clutches of the DMK and the AIADMK, the people in the state will continue to suffer." He further said that the party would introduce skill development programs for the youth, which may address the issue of unemployment in the state.

The BJP is also likely to cater to the fishermen in the state, promising a Fishermen Association that would look after the Fishermen community across the country.

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"The UPA government lacks diplomatic skills in handling sensitive issues like the Sri Lankan Tamil issue. The BJP believes that the provision of devolution of power and the political settlements are crucial for the bilateral relations between Sri Lanka and India. The dialogue between the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Nadu government is very crucial for the peace process. The BJP believes that the Sri Lankan government should create conducive atmosphere for resumption of dialogues and we will work after coming to power at the Centre,"he said.

Calling the UPA government an unprogressive one, Rajnath further said,"UPA's governance is a governance of misrule. The BJP has announced Modi as prime ministerial candidate, but the Congress remains like a ship without captain. Rahul Gandhi is most a visible face in the campaign. But his unimpressive performance compelled Congress president Sonia Gandhi to come forward to defend his son,"he said.

Commenting on divisive politics if Modi becomes the Prime Minister, Rajnath said,"Gujarat has not been divided in the 12 years of Modi's rule, and how will anyone expect that India will be divided if Narendra Modi becomes the prime minister. All the allegations are false. The Congress at this time is very desperate."

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