TDP may join BJP-led NDA govt this time

  • Prasad Nichenametla, Hindustan Times, Hyderabad
  • Updated: May 18, 2014 01:18 IST

The TDP, which provided outside support to the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, would like to join the Narendra Modi government this time.

The combine has won 17 Lok Sabha seats (TDP-15, BJP-2) in Seemandhra which will now be led by Telugu Desam Party chief Nara Chandrababu Naidu as its new Chief Minister. The TDP and the BJP won a seat each in Telangana.

In their joint campaigns, Modi and Naidu promised to work together for the glorious growth of Seeamandhra. Modi even revealed his vision for Seemandhra — a high tech horticulture for dry Rayalaseema, aquaculture for Coastal Andhra, ports, other infrastructure and jobs.

“I have to build the state from the foundation. As of now, we do not even have a place to sit and work,” said Naidu after his victory on Friday.

Senior party leader Ashok Gajapathi Raju, who won from Vizianagaram with over one lakh majority, is touted to be one of the TDP MPs to join Modi government.

“Good thing is we have a stable government at the centre now. And TDP has always been a party that makes no kirkiri (trouble),” Raju told HT.

Party chief Naidu is expected to visit New Delhi in a few days. “From now on, the question shouldn’t be if I would be going to Delhi. It would be a constant process,” he said in reply to a question after his victory.

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