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Despite differences, BJP plays alliance tune to bring back Naidu

Despite differences, BJP plays  alliance tune to bring back Naidu
Sources said, BJP central leadership under the guidance of Arun Jaitley and Prakash Javadekar has already asked the Telangana unit of the party to be flexible in terms of having alliance with the TDP for greater interest of the people.

The party’s Telangana unit was reluctant to have an alliance with the TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu after he made a jibe at BJP’s over confident over its strength in the national level.

It was learnt that the state RSS leaders were annoyed with Naidu’s remark and asked the state unit to avoid having an alliance with the TDP. Considering that the matter is becoming bitter, party President Rajnath Singh had appointed Jaitley and Javadekar to solve the crises.

It was with their series of interventions and discussions, the TDP and BJP came to a platform for an alliance. BJP can not afford to loose TDP, if it want to have some foothold in Telengana and in Seemandhra, because it was they who had a meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and gave a green signal for the bifurcation.

So, far the state unit of BJP, backed by strong RSS lobby, has demanded for 12 out of 17 Lok Sabha seats and 72 of the 119 assembly seats in Telangana. Not the least they also want their party president G. Kishen Reddy for the post of the Telangana CM.

It was then Naidu scoffed at the BJP’s too much of demanding attitude and recently contacted Jaitley, who asked both the BJP and the TDP to be accommodative considering bright of chance of NDA government.

‘Jaitley had suggested a figure of 10-11 seats for Lok Sabha, while 40 to 45 assembly seats in Telangana. In Seemandhra he had suggested five seats for Lok Sabha and nearly 15 assembly seats in the region. The party is also hopeful to woo Seemandhra voters under Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) limits and also likely to have an alliance with Pawan Kalyan’s Jana Sena party,’ BJP sources said.

However, Naidu is willing to concede eight Lok Sabha and 30 assembly seats in Telangana and four Lok Sabha and 15 assembly seats in Seemandhra. But many feel that TDP will break down to some extent due to tremendous pressure from the Telangana unit of the TDP to agree to consider BJP central leadership’s terms.

The ground realties suggest that both the BJP and the TDP are not in a position to bargain hard with each other. The reason is BJP wants a strong alliance in the region for a firm platform with a fact that they had supported the bifurcation. On the other hand Naidu is desperate to ensure his return to power after ten years in the opposition.
Sujit Nath

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