Two ‘Deviyan’ slam door on post-poll pact

Lucknow : Of the three ‘Deviyan,’ at least two — BSP chief Mayawati and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee — have dashed any hopes of a post-poll alignment with the BJP-led NDA, an option about which Narendra Modi had talked in an interview.

 “I want to make it clear that the BSP will not extend any kind of support to Modi or NDA to form the government at any cost,” Mayawati told reporters here.

Rejecting such a possibility, the Trinamool Congress leader also said, “If Modi says BJP’s doors are open for a post poll tie-up, then I will use the same analogy to say that our doors are shut and the keys have been thrown away”.

Both were reacting to Modi’s comments in a television interview wherein he said that election speeches do not have any bearing on post-poll alliance, almost hinting that he was keeping the doors open for doing business with leaders like Jayalalithaa, Mamata Banerjee and Mayawati, notwithstanding the strong attacks on them during the campaign.

However, there was no reaction from Chennai, neither from the Tamil Nadu chief minister nor her party, the AIADMK.

 In his interview, Modi had said, “Whatever I wanted to explain, I have.  This can also be a tactic to keep the door open….I won’t explain it now but will do so after May 12.”

Mayawati told reporters that Modi’s statement betrayed nervousness on his part as the BJP has realised that it might not be able to form the government.

 “When elections started, Modi was claiming that NDA will not require support of any other party. No party talks about taking support of any other party unless it is unsure of its victory…The interview of Modi is a ploy to create confusion in the minds of minority community which are voting for us,” she said.

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