With the Samajwadi Party indicating that it may back the UPA over the nuclear deal, the Telugu Desam chief, N. Chandrababu Naidu, who is also the UNPA convenor, is banking on the Left parties to keep the alliance alive. The UNPA will meet on on Thursday at Delhi. The TD is opposing the Indo-US civilian nuclear reportedly to woo the minority voters.
The TD Parliamentary Party leader K. Yerrannaidu and the former MP, K. Rammohan Rao, held lengthy discussions with the SP general secretary Amar Singh over the SP’s changed stand. The TD leaders’ efforts to change the SP’s mind were reportedly did not succeed. Naidu will fly to Delhi on a special flight on Thursday morning from Rajamundry. He will be taking a day-long break from the 150-day Mee Kosam yatra.
After the conclave, Naidu would meet the top brass of the CPI and the CPI (M) and take stock of the recent developments, TD sources said. Though the TD leaders are upset over the SP’s attitude, they hope that they can hammer out a third front at the national level with the support of Left parties.