Hectic consultations on seat-sharing among Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and the BJP are reportedly yielding positive results and both of them likely to announce their partnership on Monday, the festival day of Telugu New Year `Ugadi.
In the first phase, both of them are concentrating seat sharing in Telangana region, as polls here will be held on April 30. Later, they will move for Seemandhra region, where polling will be held on May 7.
According to sources both of them are driving a tough bargain even after reducing decibel level of the war of words. BJP national spokesperson Prakash Javadekar, who is incharge for seat sharing in Andhra Pradesh, reached Hyderabad for the third time on Thursday. He was closeted with TDP Rajya Sabha member Sujana Chowdhary.
Though they could not come to a final conclusion, sources said they have almost agreed with regard to Lok Sabha seats. Still they need to reach to consensus on Assembly seats and both of them started conceding to come down from their original stand.
According to, TDP has agreed to leave eight of 17 Lok Sabha seats in Telangana region. The seats are : Chevella, Karimnagar, Malkajgiri, Mahabubnagar, Medak, Warangal, Nizamabad and Bhongir. BJP is insisting for one more seats. BJP is confident to secure 4 to 5 Lok Sabha seats in Seemandhra region also.
Meanwhile, BJP circles are seen jubilant with the announcement of popular Telugu film star Pawan Kalyan, who is brother of union minister of state K Chiranjeevi that he would extend support for BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi to realize his goal. Addressing a massive public meeting in Visakhapatnam last night he announced that his newly started party Jana Sena will not field candidates in these elections.
He said he respects BJP and Narendra Modi for being committed to the policy of smaller states and believed that only Modi can take the country forward as he does not fear anything and stands for what he believes in. While the actor made it clear that the Jana Sena Party would not contest the forthcoming elections, he wanted the people to vote for only those candidates who will build the state and the nation, hinting at the TDP and BJP.
Meanwhile, BJP former president M Venkaiah Naidu favoured a speedy decision on seat sharing so that campaign can start early. However, he said BJP is ready to face any situation. Stating that his party was ready to go to polls with or without alliance in the state, he said I have already told the party leaders of both Telangana and Andhra, that they must be ready to face any situation. If there is an alliance, fine, if not, it is still okay..