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Venkaiah in Hyderabad,TDP says no question of joining NDA

Apparently entrusted by the BJP to persuade TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu to come back into the NDA fold,BJP leader and former party president Venkaiah Naidu....

Apparently entrusted by the BJP to persuade TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu to come back into the NDA fold,BJP leader and former party president Venkaiah Naidu arrived here on Tuesday.

Chandrababu,however,maintained that there was no question of joining the NDA again.

Sources said under the guise of holding a review meeting with party candidates,Venkaiah sent feelers to the TDP president. Sources said he might open communication channels with PRP president Chiranjeevi as well.

The BJP leader also met the NDA’s latest ally TRS’ K Chandrasekhar Rao. He said the TRS’ decision to join the NDA and support Advani’s candidature for prime ministership had strengthened the NDA.

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However,Venkaiah maintained that talks with parties would commence only after the results were announced but said that the BJP would accept support from anyone who backed L K Advani as prime minister. To repeated questions on whether he had come to talk to the TDP to seek its support,he said “we will talk to parties only after the results are out on Saturday”.

“Parties like the TDP and PRP would take decisions on whom to support,based on their political considerations. As far as the BJP is concerned,we will talk to other parties only on May 16. I am not suggesting or naming any party or leader,” he told mediapersons. “The BJP would emerge as the single largest party in the Lok Sabha,and chances are bright for the NDA to form the government.”

“If you vote for us,it is full term. If you vote for others,it will be mid-term,” he added.


Addressing his party candidates,however,the TDP chief said the Third Front would come to power at the Centre. He did not refer to the media speculation about his party against the backdrop of the TRS,led by K Chandrasekhar Rao,appearing on the NDA stage on Sunday after fighting elections in Andhra Pradesh as part of the Grand Alliance. Backing Advani as prime minister,Rao had said at the NDA rally that he would rope in more allies for the BJP-led front.

Asserting that neither the BJP nor the Congress would come to power,Chandrababu said the Third Front was intact. “The Left parties,AIADMK,BSP,BJD and JD(S) are all in touch. We shall meet once again after the results are out and decide on the formation of the government,” he said.

First published on: 13-05-2009 at 03:25:21 am
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