BJP-RLD talks final, NDA expansion likely

With talks between BJP and RLD reaching the final stage, the saffron party has started seat-sharing negotiations with TDP and SAD leadership, too, for the Lok Sabha elections.

According to sources, BJP has offered Bijnor and Baghpat Lok Sabha seats in UP to the Jayant Chaudhary-led RLD. While BJP lost Bijnor in the last Lok Sabha polls to BSP, it won the Baghpat seat. Chaudhary was RLD candidate from Baghpat .

Amid the alliance buzz, RLD has also decided to accept UP government’s invite to visit Ayodhya on February 11.

In a related development, TDP supremo N Chandrababu Naidu met Union home minister Amit Shah at his residence here on Wednesday evening and is believed to held alliance talks. Meanwhile, three YSRCP MPs have resigned from their party and are set to join TDP.

A senior BJP leader is also engaged in discussions with SAD, the saffron party’s oldest ally. BJP’s state unit in Punjab has also been in favour of alliance with the Akali Dal, sources said. Recently, the Punjab-based party had supported the idea of simultaneous polls.

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