Kavuri Scratches As Naidu Patches Up With BJP
Amaravati: It was a day of excitement for the leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Telugu Desam Party in the State on Thursday as heads of the two parties met over lunch. BJP national chief Amit Shah and TDP national president N Chandrababu Naidu met over lunch here and had talks for more than an hour. Union Ministers M Venkaiah Naidu and Suresh Prabhu, besides BJP State president K Haribabu represented the BJP, Union Minister Y S Chowdary and AP unit president K Kala Venkata Rao represented the TDP.
In the light of high voltage debate over the breakup of the alliance between the two parties, the two leaders held talks on the merits and demerits of continuing the alliance for the next two years. The BJP leadership is under heavy pressure from the local leaders, except Venkaiah Naidu and Haribabu, to break the alliance and give the BJP a chance to grow in the State. Senior leader Kavuri Sambasiva Rao, met Amit Shah ahead of the lunch meeting and complained to him about the falling graph of the TDP in the State. “I have explained in detail to the party chief about the falling image of the TDP in the State. It would have an adverse impact on the BJP if the relationship continued,” Kavuri said.
Kavuri further told media persons that the corruption level in the State government had crossed the bench mark set by late Y S Rajasekhar Reddy and it was not good for the BJP to continue the alliance. “If we call YSR regime as the most corrupt, we are seeing even greater corrupt dispensation now,” he said. He found fault with the functioning of the Janma Bhoomi committees in the village level and said that these committees were deciding the beneficiaries for the State and the Central welfare schemes. “The BJP has no role in ensuring the welfare programmes for the people at the grassroots,” Kavuri complained, emphasising the need to break the alliance with the TDP. He also said that the Opposition YSR Congress is not growing in the State and felt that the BJP had the better chances if it is separated from the TDP.
Meanwhile, TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu had done his best to cement the relationship with the BJP. He joined Amit Shah in Hyderabad and reached Vijayawada in the same flight where he had enough time to brief Shah on the political compulsions because of which the two parties have to remain alliance partners. Naidu had also discounted the statements of the BJP and the TDP leaders against the alliance and felt that the decision has to be taken by the party presidents. The TDP chief had reportedly promised to give due representation to the BJP leaders in all committees and nominated posts to keep the alliance stronger.
However, it is said that Amit Shah had listened to both the sides and remained silent. He did not make any comments on the submissions by the TDP and the BJP leaders on the alliance.