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Mamata, Mayawati say final no to joining Modi

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According to latest reports, BSP supremo Mayawati and Trinamool Congress have ruled out the possibility of a post-poll alignment with the BJP-led NDA. ‘BJP leader Narendra Modi in his recent interview had claimed that if needed he might seek support of AIADMK leader Jayalalithaa, TMC’s Mamata Banerjee and BSP national president…’. Mayawati told reporters in Lucknow

“I want to make it clear that BSP will not extend any kind of support to Modi or NDA to form the government at any cost,”. Rejecting the possibility of a tie up with BJP, Trinamool Congress also said, “if he says BJP’s doors are open for a Modi-led government, 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 recent television interview hinting at keeping the doors open for doing business with leaders like Jayalalithaa, Mamata Banerjee and Mayawati, notwithstanding strong attacks on them during the campaign. However, there was no reaction from Chennai either from the Tamil Nadu chief minister or her party AIADMK. In his interview, Modi 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 on Friday that Modi’s statement betrayed nervous 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. Trinamool spokesman Derek O’Brien said in Kolkata, “if the doors are open, then our doors are shut and the keys have been thrown away.”

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