Updated June 5th, 2024 at 14:08 IST

Crushing INDI's Hopes, Chandrababu Naidu and Nitish Kumar Drop Hints on Modi 3.0

Chandrababu Naidu and Nitish Kumar has emerged as the kingmakers for the formation of NDA government at the Centre.

Reported by: Apoorva Shukla
PM Narendra Modi with N Chandrababu Naidu and Pawan Kalyan during a roadshow in Andhra Pradesh | Image: X
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New Delhi: Two prominent leaders of the coalition-era politics, Janata Dal United chief Nitish Kumar and Telugu Desam Party supremo Chandrababu Naidu, have emerged as the kingmakers after the Bharatiya Janata Party fell short of simple majority in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. The INDI alliance was trying to woo the two leaders, however, the Opposition alliance hasn't been able to make any gains as of yet. 

Meanwhile, both the leaders dropped big hints regarding supporting Modi government in the Centre as they travelled to the national capital on Wednesday for the NDA meet. NDA parties will be meeting in Delhi later this evening to discuss the future course of action. 

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You Always Search For News: Naidu Tells Media 

Telugu Desam Party (TDP) supremo N Chandrababu Naidu on Wednesday, June 5, asserted that his party is part of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance and will remain the same. Naidu said that he will be attending the meeting of NDA allies being held in Delhi later in the day.

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Upon being asked about his Delhi visit during a press conference on Wednesday, Naidu said, "We are in NDA. I am going for an NDA meeting. In the course of time, if there is anything we will report to you." NDA constituent Janasena chief Pawan Kalyan will also be attending the NDA meeting at the national capital. This comes a day after BJP-TDP-JanaSena alliance emerged victorious in Assembly and Lok Sabha polls in Andhra Pradesh.

Speaking to Republic, JanaSena chief Pawan Kalyan said that the people of the country have given the mandate to the NDA, and its the responsibility of the parties to give an accountable government. We have to give an accountable government to be the people of the country. We will form the government...no second thought about about it," said JanaSena chief Pawan Kalyan. 

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Nitish Flies to Delhi With Tejashwi, Raises Eyebrows 

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his arch rival RJD's Tejashwi Yadav left for the national capital on the same flight from Patna airport. This move of Kunmar raised eyebrows. Nitish Kumar, whose NDA-allied JD (U) has won 12 of the 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar, has emerged as a key player in government formation as the BJP, while the INDI bloc is also sending feelers to him. As he landed in Delhi to attend the NDA meeting, Nitish Kumar told reporters “Sarkar toh ab banegi hi.” 

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NDA to Meet in Delhi Today

Senior leaders of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) are likely to meet on Wednesday to take stock of the Lok Sabha poll results and deliberate on the details of government formation. While the NDA is comfortably above the majority mark of 272 in the 543-member Lok Sabha, the BJP has fallen short of the magic number for the first time since 2014 and is critically dependent on its allies for government formation. 

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TDP, JD(U), Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde-led Shiv Sena and Chirag Paswan-led LJP (Ram Vilas) have won 16, 12, seven and five seats respectively and will play a crucial role in government formation.

 

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Published June 5th, 2024 at 13:43 IST