TDP, BJP join hands for Andhra polls
The BJP and TDP have finalised electoral alliance in Andhra Pradesh and the parties are likely to make an official announcement about the seat sharing Sunday.
Under the arrangement, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will contest 47 assembly and seven Lok Sabha seats in Telangana and 15 assembly and five Lok Sabha seats in Seemandhra, said BJP sources.
The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) as the major regional party will contest 72 assembly and 10 Lok Sabha seats in Telangana and 160 assembly and 20 Lok Sabha seats in Seemandhra.
Elections to 119 assembly and 17 Lok Sabha seats in Telangana are scheduled for April 30 while 175 assembly and 25 Lok Sabha constituencies in Seemandhra will go to polls May 7.
The breakthrough in alliance talks came Saturday night after the intervention of the top leaders of the BJP and the TDP. At one stage, the talks appeared to have collapsed.
BJP national spokesperson Prakash Javadekar, Akali Dal leader and NDA co-convenor Naresh Gujral, BJP treasurer Piyush Goyal and Satish Jee of the RSS held talks with the TDP leaders at a hotel.
The TDP leaders who held the talks were Sujana Chowdhary, E. Dayakar Rao, Y. Ramakrishnudu, M. Narasimhulu.
Javadekar met TDP chief N. Chandrababu Naidu twice Saturday.
The TDP was initially reluctant to leave for the BJP more than 40 assembly and seven Lok Sabha seats in Telangana and 15 assembly and four Lok Sabha seats in Seemandhra.
The two parties reached the agreement as the delay was leading to rebellion in both the camps. The leaders and cadres of both the BJP and the TDP were mounting pressure on their leadership not to leave their strongholds.
Leaders of the BJP's district units in Telangana have even threatened to resign.
(Posted on 06-04-2014)