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BJP, TDP tie-up talks in final stages

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Chandrababu Naidu campaigns in Warangal on Wednesday. PTI Chandrababu Naidu campaigns in Warangal on Wednesday. PTI

The BJP may finally reach an electoral understanding with Chandrababu Naidu’s TDP in Andhra Pradesh, and an announcement on the alliance is likely to be made in a day or two.

In the discussions that are said to be at an “advanced stage”, the BJP is said to “negotiating” for nearly 14 of the 42 Lok Sabha seats and about 70 of the 294 Assembly seats in the state. The BJP may get eight seats in the Telangana region to contest and the remaining six in the Seemandhra region. The party, which is quite confident of riding on a “Modi wave”, is also pitching for 50 Assembly seats in Telangana.

BJP spokesperson Prakash Javdekar, who is in-charge of Andhra Pradesh affairs, on Wednesday said there were no ‘stumbling blocks’ in the proposed tie-up and the discussions were taking longer as they involved strategising for both Lok Sabha and Assembly elections that are to be held simultaneously in the state. “Alliances are like marriages. Marriage is also an alliance. It either happens hundred per cent or does not,” he said when asked about the lengthy negotiations.

While the BJP is pushing for a hard bargain in the recently bifurcated state, party sources said the delay in forging an alliance with the TDP has to do with the changed political equations in the state following the creation of Telangana.

Meanwhile, all possibilities of an alliance with the TRS have been ruled out by the BJP.

Congress playing communal politics: BJP

The BJP on Wednesday attacked the Congress and party chief Sonia Gandhi for allegedly meeting Muslim leaders and appealing them to ensure that the community’s votes do not get divided in the polls.

Saying that this has “exposed the Congress’s divisive and communal politics”, BJP spokesperson Prakash Javdekar said the Election Commission should take sou moto cognizance of the issue.

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