For the first time, Telugu Desam Party chief N Chandrababu Naidu has given clear indication to party cadre that poll alliances with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is on cards. While BJP state unit maintaining is tight-lipped on this issue and stating that they are preparing to go ahead on their own, the indications given by Naidu turned significant.
Incidentally, this indication was given on the day the BJP chief Rajnath Singh arrived Hyderabad to participate in a public meeting arranged by the party to celebrate Telangana state formation. Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jately was also present.
Naidu given this indication during his interaction with party district leaders over tele-conference to review preparations for municipal elections. When some district leaders sought clarification from him on the issue of poll alliances, the former chief minister said that clarity would emerge in couple of days.
He suggested them to work together with BJP cadre and if any problems surfaced at field level with BJP activists, he asked them to bring to his notice. However, he cautioned them not to have any type of understanding with Congress, YSR Congress Party, TRS and Left parties at field level.
Chandrababu Naidu indications have given hope to TDP cadre that in a week TDP may officially force alliances with BJP. Particularly TDP cadre in Telangana region feeling need for BJP support to gain political advantage during general elections as the party is facing odds for its indifferent stand taken during Telangana Bill in Parliament.
Interestingly, state BJP president G Kishan Reddy ruled out possible alliances with TDP while speaking in a meeting on Monday. He asked when BJP is almost finalized party candidates for all Lok Sabha constituencies in Telangana region, what is need for alliances. We are getting requests from four to five potential candidates in each constituency. We are confident to win large number of seats on our own, he asserted.
In Telangana region, TDP is more worried over possible alliances between TRS and Congress and TDP leaders are expressing view that they can gain upper hand in the region only by reaching into an alliance with BJP, which is also having significant presence in the region.