TDP, BJP Stuck on Vizag, Vijayawada LS Seats - The New Indian Express

TDP, BJP Stuck on Vizag, Vijayawada LS Seats

Published: 05th April 2014 07:51 AM

Last Updated: 05th April 2014 10:16 AM

Even after several rounds of discussions and meetings, both TDP and BJP camps are yet to come to a common understanding on seat-sharing, leading to confusion among the rank and file of both the parties.

Sources suggest that the alliance and seat-sharing in Telangana may have been finalised. Seemandhra, on the other hand is facing issues with seat-sharing.

While discussions are going on over Lok Sabha seats, especially Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam, TDP seems reluctant to agree to BJP’s demands. TDP is willing to give Rajampet, Tirupati and Narasapuram as replacement for Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam but the saffron party is not ready to accept them.

Meanwhile, BJP Telangana unit chief G Kishan Reddy told newspersons here on Friday that talks for a poll alliance in Seemandhra are in the final stages and may  take shape in a day or two.

Kishan Reddy said that the party leadership in principle has decided to have a truck with the TDP and that senior leader Arun Jaitlley and Prakash Javadekar were in touch with TDP leaders on the issue.

Telangana BJP is seeking 50 Assembly and nine Lok Sabha seats, while the Seemandhra BJP unit is demanding 20 Assembly and six Lok Sabha seats.

“As far as Telangana is considered both the sides have come to an understanding on 30 assembly seats and are in the process of settling the issue in the rest of the 20 seats,’’ Kishan Reddy said.

He admitted that there were serious difference between the two sides on few assembly seats. “There are few seats which we want but the yellow party was not willing to part with it which was delaying the poll alliance,’’ he pointed out.

Meanwhile, it is learnt that BJP chief Rajnath Singh spoke to TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu earlier in the day.

According to sources, peeved over TDP’s adamant attitude on the issue of seat-sharing, the Telangana state leadership has asked its leaders of the regions to file nominations at their respective assembly constituencies.

It is learnt that many saffron party leaders have already filed nominations in their respective constituencies. On Friday BJP leaders from Mahbubnagar district filed nominations in various assembly segments.

Similarly, senior BJP leader NVVS Prabhakar filed his nomination from Uppal assembly constituency in the city. On Saturday large number of party leaders are planning to file nominations across the region.

“We no more trust TDP leaders. They have been playing mischief on seat-sharing and had cheated their partners in the past. Keeping their track record in mind we have decided to file nominations in advance so that we can safeguard our seats,’’ a senior  leader from Telangana said.

Meanwhile, Seemandhra unit chief K Haribabu said that the talks on seat-sharing was going on and decision would be taken in a day or two. “Though we are in favour of alliance and if it does not materialise we are ready to go it alone. We have told our party cadres to be prepared for any eventuality,’’ he remarked.

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