AP alliance: BJP sets 24-hour deadline to TDP

With talks between BJP and TDP being stuck over sharing of seats in Andhra Pradesh, senior party leader Venkaiah Naidu today indicated that BJP will contest upcoming polls on its own if the Chandrababu Naidu-led party fails to spell out its stand within 24 hours.

Admitting that a stalemate in talks continues with TDP on seat sharing in both Telangana and Seemandhra, Venkaiah said the party’s central elections committee will meet on Monday in New Delhi to decide the future course of action. Venkaiah said the BJP cannot wait inordinately on its future course of action.

‘As per the information I have received there seems to be some sort of a stalemate (over talks with TDP). And we cannot wait indefinitely,’ he said.

Venkaiah said the state committee of Telangana has been asked to make its recommendations by tomorrow when the BJP’s central committee will be meeting in the national capital.

‘....And if something happens in between then the central committee will take a decision, otherwise we will have to go ahead with the preparations,’ he said.

‘As a precaution I have already told both units of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana to be ready to contest all the seats if necessary. Or to be ready if there is some sort of understanding to make seat adjustments also,’ Venkaiah told reporters here.

Several rounds of talks were held between TDP and BJP leaders in the last few days over sharing of seats but the talks are inconclusive so far.

Camping here, BJP national spokesperson Prakash Javadekar also held several rounds of talks with TDP leadership on seat sharing.

Interestingly, Telangana unit BJP president G Kishan Reddy had on Saturday announced that the party would go solo in the region.
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