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The News Minute | February 2, 2015 | 8:15 am IST The AP state wing of the BJP may have to re consider its plan to open a party office by the side of the Krishna river after the AP government, led by its coalition partner TDP , deciding not to allow any party to construct their offices in the core capital region. The BJP , which undertook  a mass membership recruitment drive, planned to open its new party office on the river bank in a village near Vijayawada by June 2015 on the site donated by Narsapuram MP Gokaraju Gangaraju, last Sunday. However, it was learnt by the state government that 0.5 acres was illegally occupied by the BJP MP with a senior TDP leader claiming that this was a move to regularize the property by donating it to the party. The River Conservation Act disallows construction within 100 yards of any river bed and while Gokaraju's guesthouses were adjacent to the river bed, the BJP office would also be in the prohibited area. BJP national president Amit Shah who had visited the two states of Telangana and AP last month had also stayed in one of these guesthouses and said that he wanted the party office there. Following Shah's visit, chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu had told the irrigation department to survey all illegal properties on the Krishna river bank and were in for a surprise when Gokaraju, who owns 2,700 square yards in three places, topped the list of violators. This move by the TDP is expected to weaken the ties between the TDP-BJP alliance which is becoming more evident by the day.  The BJP which is the junior partner in the alliance, is slowly gaining strength as it bagged former ministers from various parties including former MLA’s and MP’s - before and after the elections. When asked if the BJP’s growth in the two states would affect the alliance, BJP Telangana state president Kishen Reddy had earlier told The News Minute, that “The BJP's growth will not come in between the TDP alliance. We are not asking the TDP to compromise on their ideology and any problems that arise should be sorted out by holding a meeting of the party heads.”  However, the TDP cannot afford to go solo for the next few years as it needs the centre's support for the allocation of funds to fill up its empty coffers and deliver all the ambitious plans in its manifesto to the people of AP. Tweet Follow @thenewsminute
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