NDA plans to up its number, hold rally against corruption

The BJP-led NDA, now reduced to four parties, on Tuesday said it is engaged in talks with other outfits to increase its numerical strength riding on its spectacular performance in Bihar assembly elections.

Updated: Dec 07, 2010, 23:12 PM IST

New Delhi: The BJP-led NDA, now reduced to
four parties, on Tuesday said it is engaged in talks with other
outfits to increase its numerical strength riding on its
spectacular performance in Bihar assembly elections and to
corner the government in Parliament on 2-G Spectrum scam.

Once the winter session of Parliament is over, NDA plans
to hold a huge rally here against corruption. This will be
followed by other big rallies in state capitals from time to
time.
NDA Convenor and JD(U) President Sharad Yadav has been
authorised by the coalition to talk to potential allies.

Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj said
AGP leader Prafulla Kumar Mahanta and Chandra Mohan Patwari
had sought an appointment with her tomorrow to discuss their
participation in the rally against corruption.

INLD leader Om Prakash Chautala has already told BJP and
JD(U) that his party will take part in the rally.

Swaraj said BJD is also open to attending the rally and
Pyari Mohan Mohapatra had given his consent while BJP has also
been in touch with Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

AIADMK leader Thambidurai informed BJP that since party
supremo J Jayalalithaa was in Ooty, a final decision will be
taken only when she returns to Chennai. However, the party is
likely to attend.

Swaraj had said earlier that JD(U)-BJP`s huge victory in
Bihar elections had come as a shot in the arm for NDA and has
brightened its future prospects.
BJP and AGP are even working to revive their alliance in
Assam ahead of assembly elections in the state.

TDP and Left parties have, however, ruled out their
participation in the NDA rally. Left parties do not want to be
seen hobnobbing with BJP ahead of assembly elections in West
Bengal early next year.

Meanwhile, in the NDA meeting held in Parliament
premises today, BJP, JD(U), Shiv Sena and Shiromani Akali Dal
leaders took part and asked BJP to finalise the date for the
rally against corruption.

"BJP Core Group will meet on December 9 to discuss the
date for the rally," Swaraj said.

NDA does not want the rally date to clash either with
the Congress Plenary session being held here on December 18-19
or Moharram.

Sources said BJP`s rally in Jammu, slated for December
24, may be postponed in view of the NDA rally here.

PTI