On the Supreme Court verdict calling for negative voting by electronic voting machines (EVMs) and ballot papers, Rajnath Singh urged the poll panel to call an all-party meeting to discuss its implications.

"We may contest in 450 seats and target to win 272 of them," he told reporters. Asked about the additional 100 seats the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will contest, given it is perceived as being strong only in the Hindi heartland and in some other areas that have around 300-350 Lok Sabha constituencies, he said: "We will also be contesting in the south. We are growing in south."

The BJP chief said that poll alliances with potential parties are part of the BJP's strategy and announcements on these would be made at appropriate time. Alliance talks are not being held in Tamil Nadu with the parties now, he said.

On Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi's comment that the ordinance that seeks to save convicted lawmakers from disqualification was "completely nonsense and should be torn up", Rajnath Singh said he would like to ask Gandhi for his opinion about the UPA government.

"I would like to ask Rahul Gandhi for his comments about the UPA government. If the ordinance is nonsense, then what is his comment about the government," Rajnath Singh told reporters in Chennai.

Singh said it is a well known that there are differences on the issue within the Congress and also between the Congress and its allies.

Rahul Gandhi on Friday said the Manmohan Singh government was "wrong" in clearing an ordinance that seeks to save convicted lawmakers from disqualification and, in his opinion, the ordinance  should be "torn up and thrown away".

(Agencies)

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