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Clock ticks on BJP’s Desam deal

March 31: The seat-share impasse between the BJP and the Telugu Desam over Telangana has been sorted out but a possible tie-up has been marred by problems on Seemandhra.

Chandrababu Naidu is reported to have sought time till tomorrow evening to come to the final decision on Seemandhra. If he does not get back by then, the BJP is likely to go it alone in Andhra Pradesh, sources said late tonight.

Sources in Hyderabad said the Telangana issue was resolved after a frantic Chandrababu Naidu dialled Narendra Modi and asked him to rein in state BJP leaders who had been threatening to go it alone since yesterday.

According to reports from Delhi, the Desam has conceded 42-45 of the 119 Assembly seats and eight of the 17 parliamentary seats to the BJP in Telangana. The talks had stalled after the BJP initially demanded nine Lok Sabha seats and 60 Assembly seats.

“The gravity of the situation finally dawned on the Desam after the Congress and the TRS decided to fight on their own,” said Telangana BJP chief G. Kishan Reddy.

Desam leaders held talks with BJP leaders in Delhi today after reports that the BJP was mulling a tie-up with the TRS began doing the rounds. “It appears the Desam yielded to Modi’s assurance that it could get a better deal in Seemandhra,” said BJP leader Bandaru Dattatreya.

Initial reports said the Desam was willing to give the BJP 12-15 of the 175 Assembly seats and 4-5 of the 25 Lok Sabha seats in Seemandhra. But it wants 30 Assembly seats and six Lok Sabha seats.