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TDP, BJP join hands in Andhra; reach consensus on seat-sharing

Ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha and Assembly elections, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) parties joined hands and officially announced their electoral alliance and seat-sharing in Andhra Pradesh on Sunday.

The alliance was announced by TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu and BJP spokesman Prakash Javadekar during a press conference.

After days of discussion, BJP will contest on eight Lok Sabha seats and 47 Vidhan Sabha in Telangana and five Lok Sabha seats and 15 Vidhan Sabha in Seemandhara region, sources have said.

Terming the TDP-BJP alliance as “lucky one,” Naidu later tweeted that TDP had benefited from the alliance in the past as well and agreed with the merger for the welfare of the nation.

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 May 7.

While the formal announcements were being made, TDP workers were raised slogans against the alliance outside the residence of party Chief Chandrababu Naidu in Hyderabad.

“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, who had supported the earlier NDA government at the Centre but parted ways due to TDP’s objections on the Gujarat riots’ issue.

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