BJP, TDP to go separate in municipal polls

Hyderabad, Aug 2 | Updated: Aug 3 2005, 05:30am hrs
Curtains came down on the six-year-old alliance between the Telugu Desam Party and BJP with both the parties deciding to fight the ensuing municipal elections on their own in Andhra Pradesh.

We have decided to go it alone in the ensuing municipal elections as TDP is pursuing with its opportunist politics by supporting Muslim Reservations Bill, state BJP vice-president SV Seshagiri Rao said here on Tuesday.

We have only extended support to the NDA government and not to the BJP, TDP supremo N Chandrababu Naidu had said addressing the party workers recently.

TDPs distance with BJP widened further with Mr Naidu going ahead with his campaign keeping the ensuing civic polls in mind and trying to participate in many a minority function.

Former Punjab chief minister Prakash Singh Badal had called on Mr Naidu at his residence on Sunday.

Though both the leaders maintained that it was only a casual visit, observers feel that efforts for a third front are in the offing.

CPI general secretary AB Bardhan, who was here recently, said TDP should shift its economic policies besides coming out of the fundamentalist fold.