New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Nitin Gadkari on Friday welcomed Anna Hazare and his team's announcement to enter the political arena but stressed that it could not become an alternative to his party.

In an interview, Gadkari said the BJP supports "anyone who's against corruption, be it Anna Hazare or Baba Ramdev. If Anna seeks our support, we will help".

He said Team Anna could not become an alternative to the BJP but the Congress could. He also said his party did not face any threat from this new group.

To a question whether all was well with the National Democratic Alliance, which his party heads, especially with Janata Dal-United (JD-U) chief Nitish Kumar taking a different stand on various issues, Gadkari said NDA was "intact".

He added that he was confident that Nitish Kumar would stay with the coalition. Hazare and his team members on Thursday announced they were calling off their indefinite fast on Friday at 5 p.m. and proposed forming a political alternative.


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