Ten years after bitter split, Naidu returns to NDA fold
Interestingly, the alliance was negotiated by Akali Dal MP Naresh Gujral, whose own party is giving a rough ride to BJP in Haryana, which is going to polls on 10 April. ‘I am delighted to inform you that Naidu’s party is joining the NDA,’ Gujral told reporters in Hyderabad. RSS functionary V Satish played an important role as interlocutor all through the negotiations between the two parties. Returning to NDA after nearly a decade and hard bargain, where the BJP wanted a reversal of role from the junior to the senior partner, TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu exuded confidence that NDA would get over 300 seats in upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
‘Modi is a development man. Irrespective of religion, region and communities, Modi is being supported. Our goal is Congress free India and corruption free India,’ said Naidu, who had walked out of the NDA after its debacle in 2004 elections.
Acoording to the arrangement announced in Hyderabad in the presence of BJP leaders Prakash Javedkar, Piyush Goel and TDP boss Naidu, the BJP will contest five Lok Sabha seats and 15 assembly seats in Seemandhra and eight Lok Sabha seats and 47 assembly segments in Telangana. 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 on 7 May.