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No space for TDP in Telangana, no question of tie-up with the party: BJP

Telangana BJP spokesperson said it's going to be a three-cornered contest between the BJP, the ruling TRS and the Congress in the next elections

Press Trust of India  |  Hyderabad 

No space for TDP in Telangana, no question of tie-up with the party: BJP
TDP MPs from Andhra Pradesh display placards at a protest demanding special package for the state. | Photo: PTI

Although question marks are being raised over the alliance in in the next elections amid reports of strain between the two parties, there is no uncertainty in Telangana, where the Amit Shah-led outfit is going solo.

For the BJP, the N Chandrababu Naidu-led oufit is "no more" there in

BJP spokesperson Krishna Saagar Rao reiterated on Thursday that his party would have no tie-up with the TDP (Telugu Desam Party) in the state.

"Perception of the people of is TDP is an So obviously, there is no space for the party from the other side (Andhra Pradesh) in Telangana region. This is not what the BJP is saying, but this is what the mandate of the people in the last election was," he told PTI.

The results of the election to Greater (GHMC)-- in which the TDP put up a poor show despite the presence of "settlers" (those from AP) in the city -- also proved that there is no space left for that party, Rao said.

In the 2014 elections, the TDP and the BJP had an electoral alliance.

The TDP had won 15 seats and the BJP five in the 119-member

But today, the TDP is a heavily depleted outfit, as it is left with two MLAs only, with 12 of them joining the ruling and another embracing the

"There is no leader left to name in TDP apart from all MLAs shifted off, except for one or two. These three factors (perception about being Andhra party, poor show in GHMC elections and no leader worth the name left) establish the fact that TDP is no more in Telangana. So, how can you have an alliance with a party which is no more?" Rao said.

On (TJAC), chaired by M Kodandaram, recently floating a new party, he said BJP feels there is no space in Telangana for a new political outfit as there is "lot of crowding in the space".

He said it's going to be a three-cornered contest between the BJP, the ruling TRS and the in the next elections.

He also noted that the Left parties have launched a front recently. Film star-turned-politician is also "making some attempts to field his candidates".

"So, there is lot of crowding in the space. BJP certainly feels Kodandaram's party will not take off, and will have no takers in Telangana", Rao added.

The TDP had publicly voiced unhappiness over the recent Union budget not offering any special benefits to Andhra Pradesh, leading to speculation over future of the alliance between the two parties.

First Published: Thu, February 08 2018. 22:20 IST
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