Jagan Promising Support To Modi, A Good Strategy
Amaravati: The meeting of YSR Congress Chief Jagan Mohan Reddy with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the subsequent announcement of his support to NDA’s presidential candidate came as a rude shock to the Telugu Desam Party leadership in the State. The TDP, which is an official partner of the BJP-led NDA, felt threatened by the Jagan’s latest move.
The TDP-BJP relations are not well for the past sometime with a large section of the BJP leaders complaining against the TDP leadership in the State for causing hurdles for the growth of the party. Another section of the leaders who are in favour of the TDP are also not happy, as the TDP leadership is not giving due credit to the BJP’s support to the State government in the form of funds and programmes.
The BJP leadership took strong exception to the claims of Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu that he had mounted pressure on prime minister to delegate the seven Polavaram mandals to Andhra Pradesh from Telangana. Naidu claimed that he pressured the BJP by threatening them that he wouldn’t take the oath. This warning, according to Naidu forced the BJP leaders and the Prime Minister to take up the merger of the seven mandals into AP in the first Cabinet meeting.
While this statement has gone well deep into the people and built a positive image for the TDP, the BJP leaders are upset over the way the TDP leaders took advantage.
“Neither the TDP leaders nor Chandrababu Naidu were aware of this plan. It was the initiative of Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, who prepared the draft and convinced the prime minister. In fact, it was Venkaiah Naidu who took the file to the President and got the ordinance declared. The TDP leaders came to know about the issue only when it was included in the agenda for the first Cabinet meeting. But, the TDP is claiming credit for it giving no room for the BJP,” a senior leader quipped.
The BJP leaders also take exception for the proposed outer ring road for the new capital and an express highway from Amaravati to Ananthapur, which are funded by the Central government.
“Whenever the chief minister reviews the two projects, he never speaks a single word about the BJP leadership and the Central government,” is a big complaint from the BJP ranks.
Besides all these, the TDP leaders make adverse comments against the BJP, whenever Jagan Mohan Reddy meets prime minister or visits Delhi. Leaders like BJP Floor Leader Vishnu Kumar Raju have openly criticised the TDP leaders for such allegations.
“Does it mean that Modi or BJP can be purchased like the way the TDP leaders speak,” Vishnu Kumar Raju asked.
Meanwhile, keeping the fears of the TDP leaders on their relationship with the BJP, Jagan Mohan Reddy followed a clear political strategy to keep off the Congress in the Presidential elections.
Jagan Mohan Reddy, who revolted against the Congress leadership and floated his own outfit, does not want to be part of any group that has the Congress presence.
The opposition leader is very clear on this. He doesn’t want to be part of the Congress and doesn’t want to share dais with Sonia Gandhi or Rahul Gandhi. It is for this reason that he extended unconditional support to the NDA though it has to name its candidate for the presidential elections.
The strategy to keep off from the Congress might help Jagan and his party in the polarisation of political forces in the state and at the center for the next round of elections due in 2019.