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Chandrababu Naidu May Rejoin NDA After 6 Years: Sources

Chandrababu Naidu

New Delhi, March 8, 2024 — In a surprising turn of events, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief and former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, Chandrababu Naidu, is reportedly considering a comeback to the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) after a six-year hiatus. The speculations gained momentum following a crucial meeting between Naidu and Union Home Minister Amit Shah late on Thursday.

The Background

The political journey of Chandrababu Naidu has been marked by twists and turns. Back in 2018, when he held the reins as Andhra Pradesh’s Chief Minister, the TDP severed ties with the BJP-led NDA. The contentious issue at the time was the demand for special category status for Andhra Pradesh, which had put immense pressure on the TDP. The exit from the alliance left a bitter taste, but now, it seems the winds of change are blowing.

The Meeting

The recent meeting between Chandrababu Naidu and Amit Shah has sparked intense speculation. The two leaders discussed the possibility of an alliance for the upcoming Lok Sabha and Assembly polls. Joining them in the deliberations was BJP President J.P. Nadda. While both parties appear open to reuniting, the key lies in reaching a mutually agreeable seat-sharing arrangement.

What Lies Ahead

The TDP, which was once part of the NDA, exited the alliance in 2018. As elections loom large, any further delay in forming an alliance could confuse party workers and supporters. The urgency to finalize matters is evident, and both Naidu and Shah are expected to meet again on Friday. The seat-sharing formula between the TDP, BJP, and Jana Sena Party (JSP) will likely be sealed during this crucial meeting.

The JSP, a former NDA member, has already joined hands with the TDP, urging the BJP to follow suit. Meanwhile, the BJP, keen on contesting eight to ten parliamentary constituencies in Andhra Pradesh, is keenly eyeing the electoral landscape.

Conclusion

The potential return of Chandrababu Naidu to the NDA after six years adds intrigue to the political landscape. As the negotiations unfold, all eyes are on the delicate dance of alliances and the impact it will have on the upcoming elections. Stay tuned for further developments as the drama unfolds in Andhra Pradesh.

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