Is BJP Planning To Go Alone In AP In 2019 Elections?

There were incidents when the BJP leaders from the State complained against the TDP in expanding its base through the enrolment of members in the villages
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Amaravati: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is planning to go alone in the 2019 elections in Andhra Pradesh. A good number of senior leaders of the party, excluding Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, are in favour of severing ties with the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in Andhra Pradesh. The BJP leadership sees political vacuum in Andhra Pradesh and wants to fill the slot. The party chief Amit Shah had been telling the leaders to fill the vacuum by taking senior leaders from other parties and enrolling the members from the booth level. The national leadership of the party and a few leaders from the State feel that they were not able to make inroads into the State because of the alliance with the TDP and want to sever ties before they get ready for the 2019 polls.

The party wants to use the presence of senior leaders like Kavuri Sambasiva Rao and Daggubati Purandheswari from the dominant Kamma community and Kanna Lakshminarayana and Somu Veerraju from the Kapu community to rope in more number of leaders into the party. According to the leaders there is a huge gap between the ruling TDP and the Opposition YSR Congress in the State politics. Though Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan is planning to contest the 2019 elections he would only be sharing the anti-government votes, while the vote of the ruling TDP would remain intact. The scope of the Congress regaining its lost ground appears bleak and it is here the BJP wants to make use of the opportunity.

There were incidents when the BJP leaders from the State complained against the TDP in expanding its base through the enrolment of members in the villages. In several places, the TDP leaders have blocked the BJP’s efforts to reach out to the people at the grassroots and enroll them as party workers. The BJP leaders are thus not happy with the alliance and are mounting pressure on the national leadership to break the alliance with the TDP.

It is perhaps on these lines the BJP senior leader Muralidhara Rao had hinted at going alone in the 2019 elections. Addressing the party workers of Rajampet Lok Sabha constituency Muralidhara Rao hinted at the party going alone in the next elections. The BJP had already decided to dump the TDP in the Telangana State where Chandrababu Naidu’s party has lost its ground. The BJP leaders in TS believe that the TDP would be an unwanted burden on the party for the next elections and had decided to drop it. If that happens in TS, the party having ties in Andhra Pradesh also appear bleak.

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