The announcement of an electoral tie-up between the TDP and the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) has come as a blow to the BJP, which was trying hard to get the TRS as an electoral ally and a partner in the National Democratic Alliance.
To help the TRS make up its mind, two senior BJP leaders, president Rajnath Singh and prime ministerial candidate L.K. Advani, had announced the party’s commitment to creating a separate Telangana state.
Mr. Singh had also pointed out that the BJP was the “only national party” that had made such a commitment.
This point was emphasised by party spokesperson Prakash Javadekar here on Friday.