Telugu Desam Party supremo and chief minister Chandrababu Naidu, who is active now in regrouping the political parties at the national level ahead of next general elections is planning to replicate his Telangana-type pre-poll alliance at the Centre. He is currently holding talks with the leaders of various political parties. On Monday evening, he had a special guest – Delhi chief minister and Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal – visiting him in Amaravati to hold talks about the pre-poll alliance.
The two leaders have discussed about forming a grand alliance ahead of the elections so that President can consider them to form the government and not go for the single largest party. These leaders are worried about the Bharatiya Janata Party emerging as the single largest party after the elections and fear that President might invite the BJP to form the government. Naidu and others are not ready to give that chance to the President and hence want a pre-poll alliance that should get the first chance to form the government.
Chandrababu Naidu had done this with the Congress, CPI and the Telangana Praja Samithi in the just-concluded Assembly elections in Telangana State. In fact, the leaders are gone to the Governor with a request letter informing him that they have formed into a pre-poll alliance and they should be given the first chance to form the government. They were confident of defeating the Telangana Rastra Samithi in the elections, though they were sure of the TRS emerging as the single largest party. The TDP-Congress had high hopes of getting the required numbers for them to stake claim to form the government. However, their hopes were dashed and the TRS had formed the government.
Now, TDP is planning a similar regrouping at the national level. The leaders are meeting in Delhi on February 26 to finalise the new alliance. However, the Congress is already heading an alliance – UPA and only a handful of political parties are outside this UPA. The TDP of Chandrababu Naidu, the Trinamool Congress of Mamatha Benerji, the AAP of Arvind Kejriwal are not part of the UPA as they have differences with the Congress. If these three or four parties ask for a new alliance, it is to be seen if the Congress would collapse its UPA and come into the fold of these parties or the Congress would invite them to the UPA.