Purandeswari said that the rumours was false and there was no such plan.

Purandeswari denies BJP in talks with Jagan says alliance with TDP still strongFile photo
news Politics Sunday, August 27, 2017 - 08:23

BJP leader and former Union Minister Daggubati Purandeswari dismissed media reports suggesting an alliance between the BJP and YSRCP in Andhra Pradesh on Saturday. 

This came after reports that YSR Congress Chief Jagan Mohan Reddy was all set to join hands with the BJP. after his talks with Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi failed.

Speaking to media persons, Purandeswari said that the news was false and there was no such plan, reiterating that the TDP-BJP alliance was still strong in the state and Centre.

The reports of the BJP-TDP fallout surfaced after TDP Chief and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu barred the BJP from campaigning for the Nandyal bye-poll, with an eye on the Muslim vote bank.

"TDP is ready to sacrifice its partner in favour of Muslim votes. However, it's TDP's election and not ours," quipped BJP senior leader U Srinivasa Raju had said after the decision.

Earlier in May, the relationship between the two allies turned somewhat strained, when some TDP leaders criticised the BJP for allowing Jaganmohan Reddy to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The TDP is a partner in BJP-led NDA government at the Centre while the BJP is an ally of the TDP in the ruling coalition in Andhra Pradesh.

During an earlier visit to the state in May, BJP President Amit Shah hinted that the alliance will continue in Andhra Pradesh but the BJP may go alone in Telangana in the 2019 elections.

However, then Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu had said, "The BJP and TDP are working together well. Our expansion in Andhra Pradesh should not be an objectionable thing as it is natural for political parties to grow on their own. It’s very premature to draw conclusions at this stage on an alliance with TDP in the next polls."


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