On top of it, possible alliance with Chandrababu Naidu-led TDP is expected to further boost the electoral prospects of the saffron party, which was largely a small player in previous elections in Seemandhra that was dominated by the Congress and TDP.

The coming elections in the region are widely seen as a direct fight between the TDP and YSR Congress, with Congress projected to be routed for its strident support for the creation of a separate Telangana state.

"The issue of alliances is likely to be clear in another two-three days," said Seemandhra BJP chief K Haribabu.

The party has earned public goodwill though it consistently supported formation of a separate Telangana by insisting on the UPA government to provide a comprehensive development package for residuary state.

The determined bid of M Venkaiah Naidu, who belongs to Coastal Andhra, in Rajya Sabha for obtaining assurances from the Prime Minister for development of Seemandhra has not gone unnoticed in the region, which has 25 Lok Sabha and 175 Assembly seats and would go to polls simultaneously on May 7.

"There is a lot of goodwill for BJP in the name of Modiji. The people of Seemandhra feel that it is BJP, which can implement the assurances given to the region. People do not have confidence in Congress," Haribabu said.

In a huge boost to the BJP in Seemandhra, top Telugu hero Pavan Kalyan, who recently launched Jana Sena Party, met Modi in Ahmedabad and announced his support to the Gujarat Chief Minister’s PM bid.

He was followed by Telugu superstar Nagarjuna Akkineni. Nagarjuna met Modi on March 24 and hailed the BJP stalwart.

Acknowledging that there is a ‘feel good’ factor following these developments, Haribabu, however, said his party has to work hard to put up a good show in the elections.

(Agencies)

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