Naidu meets Rajnath, fuels talk of tie-up

TDP chief, Chandrababu NaiduWhile Naidu and the TDP delegation briefed Rajnath on the unrest in the state following the Congress’s go-ahead to Telangana, the two leaders were learnt to have also held a separate meeting.

TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu called on BJP president Rajnath Singh here Saturday, reviving talk of the two parties reaching a pre-poll understanding for the next Lok Sabha elections.

While Naidu and the TDP delegation briefed Rajnath on the unrest in the state following the Congress's go-ahead to Telangana, the two leaders were learnt to have also held a separate meeting.

Naidu and Rajnath, however, refused to confirm talks of an alliance. "This is not the time to discuss politics," Naidu said. However, sources did not rule out possibility of a tie-up.

"The BJP stands firmly behind statehood for Telangana. The BJP also demands that the Congress-led UPA should resolve the concerns of the Seemandhra region," Rajnath said after the meeting. The TDP too has been demanding justice to the Seemandhra region after formally coming out in support of Telangana.

"At this stage, we are opposing the Congress because it is playing politics on the issue of Telangana," a TDP source said, adding that while "definitely" there was possibility of an alliance with the BJP, "Things will get more clear in a month or two."

The source also indicated that BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi was acceptable. "The country wants development and Modi has emerged as a symbol of development."

Modi and Naidu had met at the swearing-in ceremony of Jayalalithaa in 2011 in Chennai. Sources pointed out that Modi had been full of praise for Naidu's developmental initiatives as the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh.

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