BJP Not Happy With TDP Alliance In Nandyal And Kakinada
Amaravati: There is a visible unrest in the BJP in Andhra Pradesh over the continuation of alliance with the TDP in the state. The leaders and the cadre are holding protests over the alliance and mounting pressure on the BJP leadership to drop the alliance at least now, as the State is witnessing two toughest elections – by-election to Nandyal Assembly Constituency and general election to the Kakinada Municipal Corporation.
The BJP state leadership has announced alliance with the TDP in the two elections. While the BJP is ready for a joint campaign in Nandyal for the TDP candidate Bhuma Brahmananda Reddy, it has secured 9 divisions out of 48 in the alliance with the TDP at Kakianda Municipal Corporation.
The BJP leaders are unhappy with the alliance as they have asked for 23 divisions in Kakinada, but the state leadership has compromised only for 9. The activists held a protest at the party office in the town raising slogans against the alliance. Though the protest would be silenced, there is no guarantee that these leaders would work for the TDP in the elections. The YSR Congress is going at a greater speed in the civic elections with the support from a large section of the Kapu leaders, who have been fighting against the government for reservations.
The Kapu agitation has come as an added advantage to the YSR Congress here, though the ruling TDP ministers are campaigning intensively to win the civic body.
In Nandyal, the BJP leaders are not happy with the TDP’s decision in asking the BJP not to carry their party flag during the campaign. The TDP has asked the BJP leaders to campaign for their candidate without the party flag as that would distance the dominant Muslim voters here.
The TDP has been working hard to win the votes of the Muslims here for the by-election. It is for this reason Naidu had elevated former minister N Md Farooq as MLC and had even promised to make him the Legislative Council chairman if TDP wins.
The TDP has also deployed its Muslim leaders from across the state to campaign for the party and is worried this support would get eroded if the BJP leaders campaign here with the party flag. However, the BJP leaders are not ready to campaign without the flag, and it is to be seen how the alliance work here.