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Business News/ Politics / News/  Andhra Pradesh Assembly Election: TDP, JanaSena announce first joint list of 118 seats — Room left for BJP?
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Andhra Pradesh Assembly Election: TDP, JanaSena announce first joint list of 118 seats — Room left for BJP?

Andhra Pradesh Assembly Elections 2024: Of these 118 candidates in the first list, 94 are from the TDP, while the JanaSena will be contesting in 24 seats.

The TDP, headed by former Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu, and the JanaSena Party, headed by popular Tollywood actor Pawan Kalyan, officially entered into an alliance in September. (HT_PRINT)Premium
The TDP, headed by former Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu, and the JanaSena Party, headed by popular Tollywood actor Pawan Kalyan, officially entered into an alliance in September. (HT_PRINT)

The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and the JanaSena Party (JSP) released the first list of 118 seats on Saturday for the forthcoming Assembly polls in Andhra Pradesh. Of these 118 candidates in the first list, 94 are from the TDP, while the Jana Sena will be contesting in 24 seats.

Observing that the TDP-JanaSena alliance "has the blessings of the BJP", Kalyan read out the names of five JanaSena candidates and promised to reveal the remaining 19 names in a couple of days. The TDP's list had names of 99 candidates of 118.

Twenty-three of 94 candidates on TDP’s list are newcomers. TDP supremo N Chandrababu Naidu said 23 are first-timers, three doctors, one retired IAS officer, 25 post-graduates, 51 graduates and three doctorates.

Naidu and JanaSena chief Pawan Kalyan, however, said the seat allocation has been done keeping in mind the "need to accommodate" Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in case the saffron party decides to join the alliance.

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"On this auspicious occasion, both TDP and JanaSena are ready to go for the polls. I wish this news to be good tidings for everyone in the state. This union is for the future of the state. This is the first step for a great effort," Naidu was quoted by PTI as addressing a press conference at his Andhra Pradesh residence in Undavalli on the TDP-JanaSena alliance.

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Explaining the rationale behind the JanaSena taking only 24 seats, Kalyan noted that it is important to take a lower number of seats than experimenting with a higher number of seats.

"We have to first put the state on the right track, keeping the future of the state ahead of individual and party prospects," said the actor-politician.

Including the three Lok Sabha seats allocated for JanaSena in the alliance, he noted that it is as good as the party contesting some 40 Assembly seats.

Meanwhile, Naidu highlighted that if the BJP also comes along with their alliance, then those issues will also be discussed at the right time to take the right decisions.

"This alliance is for the future of the state, not for any two individuals or two parties. Both parties took the decision to work together for the welfare of five crore people. This is a historic day for the state," said Naidu.

For his ninth election, Naidu highlighted that he had done the most intense exercise of zeroing in on the candidates, unlike previously, even during the times of united Andhra Pradesh.

Taking the opinion of 1.1 crore people from various sources, Naidu said the 94 TDP candidates have been selected after a multi-pronged analysis and filtering.

He asserted that the selected candidates are people who are in touch with the masses, desired by people, approved by the people and who can 'resiliently' face the polls and opponents.

Naidu called on the JanaSena and TDP leaders to cooperate with each other for mutual benefit wherever both parties are contesting.

"Wherever JanaSena is contesting the TDP should cooperate and wherever TDP is contesting the JanaSeana should cooperate. Both should work with an understanding for creating belief in people and victory will be easy, nobody can stop us...," Naidu was quoted as saying.

Seat-sharing arrangements for the remaining 57 of the 175 Assembly constituencies are expected to be announced soon.

As part of the alliance, JanaSena will contest three Lok Sabha seats of the total 25 from the state. TDP sources said currently discussions were underway with the BJP for a possible pre-poll alliance.

Meanwhile, talking to reporters, Andhra Pradesh BJP chief D Purandeswari said alliances in the southern state would be decided by the party high command and as of now the state unit is gearing up its activities in all the constituencies.

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Published: 24 Feb 2024, 07:21 PM IST
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