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Eager for tie-up, Naidu shares stage with Narendra Modi

His differences with the BJP on the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh into Telangana and Seemandhra notwithstanding, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief N Chandrababu Naidu looks eager to join the NDA. Naidu-led TDP was part of the NDA when the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government was at the helm but parted ways when the UPA was voted to power in 2004.

A clear indication of Naidu’s move was visible in the national capital on Wednesday when the former chief minister of Andhra Pradesh decided to share dais with Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi. Speaking on the occasion, Naidu heaped praises on the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government.

He joined Modi and Rajya Sabha MP Ram Jethmalani at a programme organised here for college students. Addressing the gathering, Naidu held the Congress-led UPA government responsible for the slowdown in the economy and the falling rupee. Naidu recalled the achievements of the NDA government and said it had made progress in the field of highways, mobile connectivity and growth in technology.

Though Modi shared the dais with Naidu and exchanged pleasantries with him, he did not make any specific mention of the TDP chief in his short inaugural speech. It may be recalled that TDP had demanded Narendra Modi’s resignation as chief minister following the post-Godhra riots and even threatened withdrawal of support to Vajpayee government.

Naidu had met BJP president Rajnath Singh recently on the issue of Telangana during which his party joining the alliance was also reportedly discussed. However, the BJP has maintained that till now there is no concrete move on the issue.

Naidu, whose main political adversary in Andhra Pradesh are Congress and YSR Congress, said the country is going through a crisis under UPA. 
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