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Overtures to Nitish, Naidu show Cong has accepted defeat: BJP

Overtures to Nitish, Naidu show Cong has accepted defeat: BJP

Author: PTI
Publication: The Pioneer
Date: May 5, 2009

BJP today said the overtures made by Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi to TDP Chief N Chandrababu Naidu and JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar showed that his party has accepted defeat in Andhra Pradesh and Bihar.

"You don't have to read between the lines to come to the conclusion that Rahul Gandhi has conceded defeat in Bihar and Andhra Pradesh. He has tried to reach out to Nitish Kumar and Naidu to make up for the complete rout of his party in these two states," BJP spokesperson Balbir Punj told PTI.

During his press conference earlier in the day, Gandhi had praised Naidu and Kumar, saying, "I respect Naidu. He has done a good job...May be he focused on Hyderabad. I am not saying (only we have leaders). There are leaders who are in the opposition. Nitish for example... "

Another BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy said Gandhi's statement "vindicates BJP stand that UPA will emerge as a political debris post-elections, scavenging for survival".

Punj accused Congress of poaching NDA partners after the "complete disintegration of UPA and the frustration and desperation of Congress on the possible results of the on-going Lok Sabha elections."

The BJP MP also said the case against Bofors scam accused Ottavio Quottrocchi was not dead. "If it was a dead issue, where was the need for them to withdraw the Red Corner Notice at the cost of such huge political embarrassment at the time of Lok Sabha elections?" he said.

Reacting to comments by Gandhi, senior leader Arun Jaitley said the overtures made by the Congress General secretary shows the frustration of the party.

"I think as the election draws nearer, the Congress frustration is becoming higher. The UPA has disintegrated and now for Congress to start hallucinating, that the Left will support us and start praising TDP and Nitish Kumar, I think is a meaningless exercise," he said.

Jaitley said Nitish Kumar has repeatedly said he is a "political opponent of the Congress" and that he is an integral part of the NDA.

"The Congress created a situation where they pamper the Gandhi family and every word they say is considered as the gospel truth. Others outside the Congress do not respect this. Merely because an complement is made, the opposition does not turn an ally," Jaitley added.

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