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Post TDP alliance, now NDA targeting 300 Lok Sabha seats
BJP and TDP on Sunday formally announced electoral alliance for the upcoming polls in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Akali Dal MP Naresh Gujral, who mediated between the two parties,reportedly said, "I am delighted to inform you that Naidu's party is joining the NDA."

Describing the alliance between TDP and BJP as a "lucky one," TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu exuded confidence that NDA would get over 300 seats this time.

"Modi is a development man. Irrespective of religion, region and communities, Modi is being supported. Our goal is Congress free India and corruption free India," said Naidu, according to media reports, who had supported the earlier NDA government at the Centre but parted ways due to TDP's objections on the Gujarat riots' issue.

As per the seat-sharing arrangement arrived between BJP and TDP, the BJP will contest in 5 Lok Sabha seats and 15 assembly seats in Seemandhra and 8 Lok Sabha seats and 47 assembly segments in Telangana.

TDP, which was earlier in two minds on joining the NDA alliance, finally agreed to join the alliance in view of the current political scenario in which no other party or alliance could get even a 100 seats on its own and BJP led alliance was the only hope for the country. It took time for Chandrababu Naidu to understand that this time nothing is working for any party or alliance except the Modi factor and the development of Gujarat showcased by BJP.

Opinion polls, which were already giving a figure near magic number to BJP-led NDA alliance, will have to be revised upwards in view of the alliance with TDP. TDP Chief Chnadrababu Naidu has also indicated that the NDA will cross the figure 300 Lok Sabha seats this time after the alliance with his party.

Elections to 119 assembly and 17 Lok Sabha seats in Telangana are scheduled for April 30 while 175 assembly and 25 Lok Sabha constituencies in Seemandhra will go to polls on May 7.

The breakthrough in alliance talks came on Saturday night after the intervention of the top leaders of the BJP and the TDP. At one stage, the talks appeared to have collapsed. BJP national spokesperson Prakash Javadekar, Akali Dal leader Naresh Gujral, BJP treasurer Piyush Goyal and Satish Jee of the RSS held talks with the TDP leaders at a hotel.

The TDP leaders who held the talks were Sujana Chowdhary, E. Dayakar Rao, Y. Ramakrishnudu, M. Narasimhulu. Javadekar met TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu twice on Saturday.

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