Venkaiah Hints At Breaking Ties with TDP Before 2019 Polls

BJP senior leader and Central Minister Venkaiah Naidu hinted at reviewing ties with the TDP in the next round of elections slated for 2019.

Amaravati: Union Minister for Urban Development, Information and Broadcasting, M Venkaiah Naidu, hinted at reviewing the BJP’s alliance with the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in Andhra Pradesh for the 2019 elections. Interacting with the media persons, Venkaiah Naidu said that the party would take a call before the next round of elections on continuing the alliance with the TDP. In the meanwhile, the BJP would try to expand and strengthen its base in the State, he asserted.

The party’s expansion would begin with the meeting of Amit Shah in Vijayawada on May 25. He said that the party leaders in Andhra Pradesh have already formed booth level committees and it would move further to the State level. Reiterating that there is a political vacuum in the State, the Union Minister said that the BJP would fill the gap. He said that the people and leaders were now looking at the dynamic leadership of Modi, who had brought greater image for the country across the world. Several countries were now looking at India as a strong nation, he asserted.

Venkaiah Naidu, who is considered to be the ‘Man in Delhi’ for AP Chief Minister and TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu, took strong exception to the TDP leaders’ comments against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for meeting AP Leader of Opposition Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy. He said that those who have criticsied the meeting between Modi and Jagan lack basic knowledge and experience of politics. He wondered how anyone could raise objection to the meeting of Prime Minister with a Leader of Opposition from any State.

Earlier in the day, Venkaiah Naidu interacted with the elite of the city who felicitated him on his election as President of the governing council of the United Nations Habitat. He said he had come up in politics with commitment and dedication to the party and nation as well. He wanted the youth to have similar dedication and commitment and also keep off from corruption. “I don’t have a great parental background. I don’t belong to the Gandhi or Nehru clan. Still, I could make it to the national politics,” he said and wanted the younger generations to follow suit.

Venkaiah Naidu also wanted the people to give another term for Narendra Modi to transform the country into a developed nation. He said seeing Modi as Prime Minister for another term was his wish in the larger interests of the people and the nation.

AP Legislative Council chairman A Chakrapani, Minister Kamineni Srinivas, MPs K Haribabu and G Ganga Raju and others were present.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Pawan Kalyan-Steve Jarding meet sets Jana Sena for 2019 polls

Dara Gopi

Amaravati: Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan, who is currently on a tour to Boston had a two-hour meeting with the political think-tank Steve Jarding. The meeting, according to the Jana Sena sources, had set the tone for the 2019 elections in which the party is set to seek the first mandate.

Steve Jarding, a known and acknowledged political strategist, is currently, helping the Samajwadi Party in the Uttar Pradesh elections. His strategies are followed by Akhilesh in the selection of candidates, campaign and the issues to be presented during the campaign. The strategy also includes political counter to the criticism.

Jana Sena, which is gearing up to contest the 2019 elections had given enough indications of pulling out from the ruling Telugu Desam Party and the Bharatiya Janata Party. He had the poll tie-up with the two parties in the 2014 elections. It was because of his support that the TDP had won the elections against the tough fight given by the Opposition YSR Congress.

Pawan Kalyan is now a disappointed ally of the BJP-TDP combine, particularly on granting Special Category Status to the State. He had blamed both the TDP and the BJP on going back on the promise. When the BJP promised 10 years of Special Category Status to the State during the campaign, the TDP had sought 15 years and Pawan Kalyan declared that he would stand guarantee for the promises. Now that the BJP had gone back and the TDP had compromised, Pawan Kalyan feels uncomfortable to stay on with the two parties as people are questioning him on the guarantee he had given.

Having decided to contest the 2019 elections, Pawan Kalyan’s meeting with Steve Jarding assumes significance. The long meeting was almost one-sided as Pawan Kalyan briefed the political analyst on his strategies and proposed another round of meeting in late 2018 or early 2019.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.