Alliance So Near and Yet, So Far for All - The New Indian Express

Alliance So Near and Yet, So Far for All

Published: 04th April 2014 07:46 AM

Last Updated: 04th April 2014 09:40 AM

Perhaps, for the first time in recent history of the State, political parties have not been able to seal poll deals and announce candidates even two days after the nomination process has begun.

If the TDP and BJP continue to wrangle over seat-sharing, the Congress and CPI are no different. Worse is the plight of the TRS and the Congress — both are waiting for the TDP and BJP to arrive at an understanding. If they do, then, these two parties may strike an alliance as the Naidu-Modi combine poses some risk for them in Telangana and going alone in such a scenario may not work out well for either.

The TDP and BJP failed to come to an agreement on Chevella and Malkajgiri in Telangana and Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada Lok Sabha seats in Seemandhra. Even some Assembly seats such as Maheswaram, LB Nagar, Uppal, Malkajgiri and Medchal, which fall under the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) limits in Telangana, have become sticky points for both.

After discussing with his colleagues at the party’s politburo meeting here Thursday, TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu sent mixed signals on the possible outcome of the negotiations with the BJP.

Stating that seats-adjustment should be a win-win deal for both, Naidu said, “We have decided to forge an alliance with the national party so as to develop both states. But, if we give majority seats to the BJP, I will have to face a revolt from my party leaders.”

Expressing displeasure over the BJP demands, he said, “People know the strength of each party. I have to do justice to my leaders and workers while giving seats as part of alliance.” 

BJP leader Prakash Javadekar is expected to arrive in Hyderabad on Friday to take a final call.

Sources said Javadekar would hold a final round of talks with the TDP leadership. On the other hand, in the wake of the possibility of the TDP and the BJP entering into an electoral pact, the AICC leadership is said to have decided to make last-ditch efforts to persuade the TRS to join hands with it. Senior Congress leader K Jana Reddy has been summoned to Delhi on Friday.

However, TRS MLA T Harish Rao ruled out the possibility of an alliance with the Congress. He said, “We have decided to go it alone. We will not join hands with any other party”.

As far the possible seat-adjustment between the CPI and Congress is concerned, Husnabad Assembly segment has become a bone of contention.

TPCC chief Ponnala Lakshmaiah said they were sealing the deal with the CPI. He also said they would join hands with the MIM. But, MIM boss Asaduddin Owaisi denied this and said his party would go it alone in the polls.

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