BJP Stitching Up Poll Alliances in Both Telangana, AP States - The New Indian Express

BJP Stitching Up Poll Alliances in Both Telangana, AP States

Published: 19th March 2014 08:44 AM

Last Updated: 19th March 2014 08:45 AM

Stating that moves were afoot in the BJP at the central leadership level for electoral alliances with other parties both in Telangana and residuary AP states, senior BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu said here on Tuesday that everyone in the party (BJP) has to abide by the final decision taken by the party leadership.

Naidu’s comment assumes significance as Telangana BJP leaders, including Telangana unit chief G Kishan Reddy, are opposing the party’s proposed alliance with the TDP. Meanwhile, the delay in forming the alliances is creating unrest and confusion among the party cadres in both Telangana and Seemandhra regions.

Addressing newsmen here, Naidu said that the talks on poll alliances were going on and there would be only one decision for both Seemandhra and Telangana regions which everyone (in BJP) have to accept. “Our party’s central leadership and state leaders are discussing the alliance issue. Very soon the decision will be announced”, he said.

The senior BJP leader said that though he was a member of the party’s Parliamentary Board he was not taking part in the process of selection of candidates nor was he involved in the discussions on the electoral alliances in the state. “I have told the party leadership that as I belong to this state I want to keep away from selection process and alliance discussions. Party’s senior leaders Arun Jaitley and Prakash Javadekar are looking into the issue”, he explained.

“The list of candidates for the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in the Telangana and residuary AP states will be announced later as there is enough time for the polls in these states”, he said.

Referring to the Congress’ claim that Seemandhra had got special packages only due to the benevolence of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, he sought to know why she had not spoken about it in the Lok Sabha (when the House was dealing with the Telangana Bill). He added it was the BJP which had forced the Congress in the Rajya Sabha to grant such packages.

He said that as in all probability, a BJP-led government would be formed at the Centre after the coming general elections and added that all the non-Congress parties should join hands with the BJP and give it a complete majority. “Only when the BJP government comes to power at the Centre, the special status and the packages announced by the UPA government will be properly implemented. The people of Seemandhra and Telangana should support the party in the ensuing polls so that it could get majority and form a stable government”, he remarked.

Commenting on the recently launched Jai Samaikyandhra Party of former chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and Jana Sena party by actor Pawan Kalyan, Naidu said that regional parties were capable of only supporting a national party in forming a government at the Centre but they could not form a government on their own. “In the present situation, only the BJP has the capacity to form a government at the Centre. All surveys are claiming that the BJP alone will get more than 200 seats and along with its allies it may get seats between 246 and 275”, he claimed.

He said that party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi was contesting from Varanasi not because he was doubtful about his victory from other places but because of party’s poll strategy.

Describing Aam Aadmi Party as a ‘B’ team of the Congress, he said that as the Congress-SP combine could not defeat Modi it had brought the AAP to cut into the BJP votes, he asserted that Modi would still win with a thumping majority.

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