Top BJP functionaries from Telangana have urged their central leaders not to have electoral alliance with any party for the 2014 Assembly and Lok Sabha elections.
This view was conveyed to the national joint organising secretary, Satish, who initially interacted with key leaders from Telangana and later met all the office-bearers and district presidents from the region. Another central leader and national organising secretary, Ramlal, who was to join in the deliberations, could not participate as his arrival was delayed.
However, he along with Mr. Satish and State BJP president G. Kishan Reddy, later met State-level RSS functionaries and briefed them on the discussions held with Telangana leaders. The RSS functionaries reportedly said that while they were committed to bifurcation of the State, decisions taken by the party should not hurt anyone. They advised the leaders from both the regions not to adopt confrontationist approach.
In the light of recent reports that TDP was moving closer to BJP, the leaders from Telangana made it clear to the central leadership that BJP had a good chance to emerge as an alternative to Congress in the region and entering into alliance with TDP would spoil its prospects. They wanted the national party to issue a clarification declaring that BJP would not have an alliance with any party in Telangana. They also requested the national party to create Telangana BJP unit as soon as possible and urged central leaders not to issue statements which gave an impression that the party was diluting its stand on Telangana. It is learnt that some of the leaders criticised their senior party colleague M. Venkaiah Naidu without naming him.
The Telangana BJP leaders also wanted the national party to name the candidates for the polls at the earliest.
Party urged to go it alone in the 2014 Assembly and Lok Sabha elections