BJP`s deadline for TDP on sealing seat-sharing deal in AP ends today

By Ritesh K Srivastava | Last Updated: Monday, March 31, 2014 - 09:22

Zee Media Bureau/Ritesh K Srivastava

Hyderabad: BJP`s 24-hour deadline to the Chandrababu Naidu-led Telugu Desam Party (TDP) over sharing of seats for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in Andhra Pradesh ends on Monday.

Senior BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu had on Sunday indicated that the BJP will go alone in the polls if the TDP 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 Monday 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 yesterday announced that the party would go solo in the region.
As per reports, BJP wants at least 48 Assembly and nine Lok Sabha seats in Telangana and 15 Assembly and 5 Lok Sabha seats in Seemandhra. However, TDP is willing to cede 35 Assembly seats and seven Lok Sabha seats in Telangana, and 10 Assembly seats and three Lok Sabha seats in Seemandhra.

"My both units (Telangana and Andhra Pradesh) feel the response (from TDP) is not satisfactory. I cannot tell what`s going to happen. We are ready to face any situation. There is overwhelming mood for BJP as far as parliamentary elections are concerned in Telangana as well as (in) Andhra Pradesh," Venkaiah said.
Earlier in an interactive session with industry and academia, Venkaiah said the country needed strong leaders like Modi to sustain the growth momentum. "There should be less government and more governance," he said.

The BJP leader said he was on a nationwide mission to take views of people from all strata on issues like economy, industry, healthcare and education.

First Published: Monday, March 31, 2014 - 09:22

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