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BJP says no deal with TDP, will contest alone in Telangana

By Vicky Nanjappa
March 29, 2014 23:48 IST
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The Bharatiya Janata Party on Saturday decided that it will contest the elections in Andhra Pradesh by itself without a tie up with the Telugu Desam Party. The decision comes after the two parties almost came to a conclusion on a seat sharing agreement two days ago.

The BJP has decided it will fight the elections by itself with the support of Telugu actor Pawan Kalyan, who has promised to campaign for the BJP.

Though the party has taken a decision on Telangana region, it is yet to make up its mind on Seema-Andhra.

It is the TDP which is now pushing the BJP to ally with it at least in Seema-Andhra. But local BJP leaders are against a tie up. They feel they stand a better chance if they fight the elections alone.

For now the BJP has confirmed that it will have no tie up in Telangana region and sources say that the same decision is likely to be taken in Seema-Andhra as well.

The BJP feels that it will perform better if it fights alone and the party has a got a new boost in the form of Pawan Kalyan.

The BJP leadership is of the view that it should leave the matter of alliance open ended. A tie up with the TDP will be bad for them especially in Telangana. In Seema-Andhra YSR Congress leader Jagan Mohan Reddy seems to be leading the race and if there is a tie up with the TDP he may not support them in a post poll scenario.

Image: Telugu actor Pawan Kalyan who is expected to campaign for the BJP in Andhra Pradesh

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