TDP-BJP, TRS-Cong Alliance Talk Still on Table in Andhra Pradesh - The New Indian Express

TDP-BJP, TRS-Cong Alliance Talk Still on Table in Andhra Pradesh

Published: 04th April 2014 08:05 AM

Last Updated: 05th April 2014 01:41 PM

In what could be termed a rare political situtaion in Andhra Pradesh, even two days into nomination process, political parties have not been able to complete their alliance talks.

The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and BJP are still wrangling over seat-sharing, while the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and Congress are waiting for them to seal a deal. If the TDP and BJP join hands, the TRS and Congress might strike an alliance as the Naidu-Modi combine poses a considerable risk for them in Telangana region.

The inordinate delay in forging alliances is forcing the parties to delay the announcement of their candidates’ lists, even though the nominations are open.

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. Both sides are also staking claim for Assembly seats of Maheswaram, LB Nagar, Uppal, Malkajgiri and Medchal, which fall under the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) area in Telangana region.

Meanwhile, after the party’s politburo meeting here on Thursday, TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu sent mixed signals on the possible outcome of the negotiations with the BJP.

Stating that seat-adjustment should be a win-win deal for both sides, Naidu said: “Negotiations are on. 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 revolt from my party leaders.”

He also expressed displeasure over the BJP’s demands. “People know the actual strength of each party in every segment. I have to do justice to my party leaders and workers, while sharing seats with the ally,” Naidu said. 

BJP leader Prakash Javadekar is expected to arrive in Hyderabad on Friday to take a final call on the alliance with the TDP. Sources said he would hold a final round of talks with the TDP leadership to settle the matter.

In the event of a TDP-BJP alliance, the AICC leadership is said to be making 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.  “We have decided to go it alone. We will not join hands with any other party,” he said.

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.

Bajireddy may Join TRS

The only prominent leader of the YSRC in Telangana, Bajireddy Govardhan Reddy, has decided to join the TRS only to test his luck in the ensuing general polls from Nizamabad Rural Assembly segment.

According to TRS sources, Govardhan Reddy, who is maintaining distance with the YSRC leadership for the last few months because of the U-turn made by it on the T-issue, will be joining the pink party in the presence of party chief K Chandraskhar Rao on Friday.

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TDP Chief Naidu Says That He Wants to be BJP's 'Colleague'

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