Chandrababu Naidu
Andhra Pradesh CM N. Chandrababu Naidu | Facebook
Text Size:

Chandrababu Naidu’s move in protest against Centre’s refusal to give Andhra ‘special state’ status will be a political setback for BJP ahead of 2019.

New Delhi: With the Chandrababu Naidu-led Telugu Desam Party (TDP) all set to walk out of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), the BJP is well aware that its chances of any pre-poll alliances in Andhra Pradesh are now bleak, and that it has to keep dialogue going to ensure post-poll options remain open.

Naidu’s move in protest against Andhra Pradesh not being granted a ‘special state’ status will be a political setback for the BJP in the run-up to next year’s Lok Sabha polls. A special category state gets 90 per cent of the funds from the Centre in a centrally-sponsored scheme as against 60 per cent in case of other states.

Andhra Pradesh, which has 25 Lok Sabha seats, is crucial. The TDP won 16 of these seats in 2014, while the BJP won three.

According to top BJP sources, the party is fully aware that it is now as unpopular in Andhra Pradesh as the Congress used to be in 2014. The BJP knows that given how sensitive and emotive the issue of special status for the state is, no party, including Jagan Mohan Reddy’s YSR Congress, will ally with it before the elections, the sources said.

“We know no party in Andhra can now join hands with us before the polls. No party would risk antagonising the voters given how sensitive the issue of special status is for the state,” a party source told ThePrint, speaking on condition of anonymity.

“Jagan Reddy is unlikely to have any truck with us since he cannot be seen as siding with a government that has not granted special status to Andhra Pradesh,” the source added.

We are deeply grateful to our readers & viewers for their time, trust and subscriptions.

Quality journalism is expensive and needs readers to pay for it. Your support will define our work and ThePrint’s future.

SUBSCRIBE NOW

The BJP is now looking at ensuring it keeps channels open with both Jagan Reddy and Naidu so that possibilities after the Lok Sabha results are not eliminated. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has met Jagan Reddy at various points.

The BJP sources also said the PM was clear that since giving special status was not feasible, the party might have to fight it alone in Andhra Pradesh.

Naidu, meanwhile, has strategised carefully to pander to his voters and also to enhance his bargaining power after the Lok Sabha polls. BJP leaders do not rule out the possibility of TDP aligning with the BJP again after the Lok Sabha verdict, if the situation so demands.

The BJP is also relying on the calculation that Jagan Reddy’s issue with the Congress is deeply personal, and hence, he wouldn’t join hands with it.

Subscribe to our channels on YouTube & Telegram

News media is in a crisis & only you can fix it

You are reading this because you value good, intelligent and objective journalism. We thank you for your time and your trust.

You also know that the news media is facing an unprecedented crisis. It is likely that you are also hearing of the brutal layoffs and pay-cuts hitting the industry. There are many reasons why the media’s economics is broken. But a big one is that good people are not yet paying enough for good journalism.

We have a newsroom filled with talented young reporters. We also have the country’s most robust editing and fact-checking team, finest news photographers and video professionals. We are building India’s most ambitious and energetic news platform. And we aren’t even three yet.

At ThePrint, we invest in quality journalists. We pay them fairly and on time even in this difficult period. As you may have noticed, we do not flinch from spending whatever it takes to make sure our reporters reach where the story is. Our stellar coronavirus coverage is a good example. You can check some of it here.

This comes with a sizable cost. For us to continue bringing quality journalism, we need readers like you to pay for it. Because the advertising market is broken too.

If you think we deserve your support, do join us in this endeavour to strengthen fair, free, courageous, and questioning journalism, please click on the link below. Your support will define our journalism, and ThePrint’s future. It will take just a few seconds of your time.

Support Our Journalism

2 Comments Share Your Views

2 COMMENTS

  1. There is no choice between two rotten apples for Modi ( CBN & Jagan Reddy ) . Both minted money during their tenures . Nobody in AP has any love lost for these two Corrupt Twins. They purely survive on their respective Caste polarisation . CBN will surely lose his present clout once he leaves and yields space his betnoire Jagan . CBN knows it too well . But understandably , CBN is playing his familiar Drama Politics for the sake of Public consumption for some time and will jump back into the bandwagon of BJP within no time ?

  2. Recall how long Ms Jayalalithaa made Vajpayeeji wait for her ” chithhi “. Men like Chandrababu Naidu – a potential PM twenty years ago – are battle hardened politicians. If the BJP falls a hundred short, each one of the satraps will come with a fancy shopping list.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here