Naidu’s Friends in BJP Get Isolated, As Foes Take Lead

It looks like BJP has made up its mind to sever ties with the TDP in the State, if not immediately. The anti-Chandrababu Naidu leaders in BJP have finally gained an upper hand over his backers with the visit of Amit Shah to the State.

Amaravati: The honeymoon between the BJP and the TDP in Andhra Pradesh is set to come to an end sooner or later. If not in 2017, it is for sure in the first half of the 2018, as the leaders feel that sooner the ties break the better. The BJP national president Amit Shah’s visit to the State had finally given an upper hand to the Chandrababu Naidu’s critics in the BJP to gain an upper hand over Naidu’s friends, who have been cementing the BJP-TDP alliance right from the beginning. The force with which Naidu’s critics have presented an argument against the alliance seems to have impressed Amit Shah who, after reaching Delhi, admitted the strong desire among the cadre and leaders to break the alliance with the TDP.

The Naidu baiters have placed two arguments before Amit Shah to justify their demand for breaking the alliance – the alliance has become a hurdle for BJP to expand and the falling graph of Naidu in the last three years. Though former Union Minister Kavuri Sambasiva Rao took the lead to give voice to Naidu’s critics, a large number of leaders were seen with him. At one point of time, it appeared as if Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu and BJP State unit president Kambhampati Haribabu are the only leaders in the AP BJP supporting the TDP-BJP alliance while the rest are against it and want the break-up to happen immediately.

The anti-Chandrababu Naidu camp believes, as already claimed by Kavuri Sambasiva Rao, that the expansion of BJP while being an ally of the TDP is not possible as there is no reason for any leader who opposes TDP to join the BJP. They have also found that the TDP leaders at the grassroots were not allowing the BJP leaders to conduct the membership drive. So, for both the reasons, they want the party to snap ties with the TDP.

The leaders also see a huge gap between the ruling TDP and the Opposition YSR Congress in the State. The leaders see that Chandrababu Naidu’s image is fading out slowly but the image of Jagan Mohan Reddy is not improving either. They see the gap in the State politics where the BJP wants to take advantage and it is possible only if the party drops the TDP and stands alone.

Interestingly, appearing to have been convinced by these arguments, Amit Shah admitted to have seen the popular demand to ‘Leave TDP and Save BJP’ in Andhra Pradesh. This admission, according to the party sources, would turn into a reality once the Presidential elections are over. The BJP leadership in Delhi too is waiting for the prestigious Presidential election, which is scheduled in July, to be over.

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