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Jana Sena Party and TDP in Talks for Seat Adjustment Ahead of Elections


Visakhapatnam: The Jana Sena Party (JSP) and the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) for a potential seat adjustment, encompassing up to 30% of seats from panchayats to MLA, MLC, and Rajya Sabha. Former minister and JSP leader Konathala Ramakrishna revealed this during an interaction with select media in Visakhapatnam on Friday. He expressed optimism that the discussions would reach a favorable conclusion beneficial for both parties.

Highlighting the core issues of the state, Ramakrishna emphasized that the JSP and TDP are set to present a common agenda to the people of Andhra Pradesh. Key points on their shared platform include assurances regarding the Polavaram project, opposition to the privatization of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant, the establishment of a new railway zone with Visakhapatnam as its headquarters, addressing the backwardness of North Andhra, and addressing various irrigation projects.

Speaking about the Polavaram project, Ramakrishna voiced disappointment in the YSRCP government, expressing his expectation that the project would be completed within two years of coming to power. He praised the TDP for the significant progress made on the project during its regime, emphasizing the importance of continuous work on irrigation projects without abrupt halts.

Discussing the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant (VSP), Ramakrishna asserted that the lack of captive mines has contributed to the economic challenges faced by the industry. He criticized the Union government for not taking steps to merge the plant with SAIL or NMDC and accused it of deliberately pushing the VSP into financial losses. Ramakrishna called for united efforts, similar to those in the past, to protect the VSP and urged parties to come together for its preservation.

While the former minister did not clarify whether he would contest in the upcoming polls, he expressed his willingness to work in any capacity and undertake responsibilities assigned by the party. He called attention to the issues in North Andhra and urged JSP chief Pawan Kalyan to adopt the region.

As the seat adjustment talks unfold, the political landscape in Andhra Pradesh is set for potential shifts, with the JSP and TDP exploring collaboration to address critical issues in the state.


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