George Fernandes is very helpful and will hope-fully continue to be helpful and cooperative as before, even after the o rmation of the new Janata Dal.
BJP leaders claim Fernandes didnt f o rm the leadership before inducting a JD faction in the NDA.
We are confident of sorting things out, but I must say Georges move is very disheartening. He did not inform anyone in the party. As an ally, it was his duty to do so in good faith.
Why do socialists want to join you?
Naturally, the JD wants to take the help of a massive pro-BJP wave and Vajpayees unparalleled image. In the past, they have voted against us, and most of these leaders have called the B J P a communal party, and criticised its basic character even after the formation of the BJP-led government
Does ideology haveno meaning?
Ideological slogans have lost their meaning. All those who have opposed us in the past now want to reap the benefits of the pro-BJP wave.
In that case, how would you handle such an unwieldy coalition?
We will manage them when the time comes. I can assure you about that. The positive part is that new political requirements have to be met while the negative aspect is that politics is after all a game of give and take.