"The manifesto is in the final stages. We will inform whenever it is finalised," Jaitley said.

Commenting on the alliance in Andhra Pradesh, Jaitley said the BJP has not declared its candidates in the state where elections are slated on April 30 and May 7, which was an ‘indication’ that an alliance was on.

"Our talks are certainly on. It takes time in talks and no talk is cut-and-cry surgical. There is discussion and analysis. When talks are on, we do not discuss it in open. It is only when it reaches a conclusion that we discuss it," Jaitley said.

Jaitley, who is the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, said the relative strength will be evaluated before any decision is taken on seat-sharing with possible allies in the state.

Jaitley also hit out at the Samajwadi Party for saying that there should be a consensus candidate against Narendra Modi in Varanasi.

He accused both Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party of supporting the minority UPA governments for the last ten years.


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