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BJP making last ditch effort for a tie-up with TDP

Monday, 31 March 2014 - 5:33pm IST | Place: Delhi | Agency: PTI
BJP is making a last-ditch effort to stitch an alliance with TDP in Andhra Pradesh, with top party leaders meeting Telugu Desam chief Chandrababu Naidu.
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BJP is making a last-ditch effort to stitch an alliance with TDP in Andhra Pradesh, with top party leaders meeting Telugu Desam chief Chandrababu Naidu.

Sources said the meeting would take place in the evening, after which discussion will be held by BJP Parliamentary Board, the top decision-making body of the party.
BJP President Rajnath Singh will be meeting Naidu later today before finalising any alliance.

Top BJP leaders including Narendra Modi, L K Advani, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley will be attending the BJP Parliamentary Board meeting. The party's Central Election Committee will also meet today to finalise seats for the remaining candidates not announced so far.

Talks between the BJP and TDP had failed earlier after the TDP leadership demanded "too many" seats.

The sources said the TDP is keen on an alliance with BJP, but the saffron party's state unit is wary of going with it in Telangana and wants to contest alone. BJP is also of the view that if an alliance is finalised with TDP, it may close the option of post-poll tie-up with other players in the region.

Both Telangana and residual state of Andhra Pradesh -- Seemandhra region--will go to polls in two phases on April 30 and May 7 for electing their new assemblies as well as the 42 Lok Sabha MPs.


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