The sudden visit of Telugu Desam Party president and Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu to Delhi a couple of days ago in the name of meeting leaders of all opposition parties including Congress president Rahul Gandhi was only to divert the people’s attention from the murder attempt on YSRC president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy.
Telugu Desam Party founder-president and former chief minister N T Rama Rao’s widow Nandamuri Lakshmi Parvathi on Saturday staged a unique protest at her husband’s Samadhi, pleading him to take a “rebirth” in the state to save the Telugu people and uphold their self-respect.
If reports doing rounds in the social media circles are to be believed, former Congress minister Vatti Vasantha Kumar and former MP C Ramachandraiah are contemplating joining the Jana Sena Party headed by power star Pawan Kalyan.
Telangana Jana Samithi president Prof M Kodandaram was as popular as Telangana Rashtra Samithi president K Chandrasekhar Rao during the movement for separate Telangana state. In the capacity of Telangana Joint Action Committee chairman, Kodandaram has become a known figure in the entire Telangana.
The Congress party in Andhra Pradesh is already down in the dumps after its debacle in the 2014 general elections.
Relations between the YSRCP and the TDP are at an all-time low following the assassination attempt on YS Jagan Mohan Reddy.
The Telugu Desam Party-Congress alliance might have caused some panic to the Telangana Rashtra Samithi, but it does not make much difference to the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen which is confined to old city of Hyderabad.
Telangana Rashtra Samithi has decided to go all out against its two rivals – the Congress and the Telugu Desam Party, who have now become friends, and expose their unholy nexus in its electioneering in the coming days.
Politics make strange bedfellows, goes a popular adage. Nobody knows which political party will join hands with another party.
Popular Hindu seer Swami Paripoornananda of Sri Peetham, who joined the Bharatiya Janata Party recently, seems to be of the view that his entry has completely turned around the fortunes of the party. He told media on Friday that the BJP is going to win not less than 70 assembly seats in Telangana in the upcoming elections. “Don’t ask how it will happen. It will happen. BJP's Mission-70 has just started in Telangana,” the Swami said. Paripoorna said he was ready to contest from any constituency that party would ask for. He described the elections as a fight between Dharma (ethics, morals) on one side and Adharma and Avineeti (unrighteousness, corruption) on other side. On the grand alliance of for opposition parties, Swami said that Maha Kootami would not succeed in the elections. “There will be no transfer of votes at the grassroots level, though the parties might join at the superficial level,” he said. He also sought to know what TRS had done to the welfare of the people as voters trusted and given a chance to form government. “KCR didn't rule for five years and if he is voted to power in the ensuing polls he will dissolve it in three years,” he added. He pointed out that there was no democracy in the state as was evident from his externment from Hyderabad. “Telangana government has expelled me, but Amit Shah has invited me, hence I joined BJP,” he said.
More often than not, politicians think public memory is very short. They are of view that they could fool around the voters by making tall promises and ignore them conveniently after coming to power, since people generally don't remember the past.
Telugu Desam Party president and Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu might be dreaming of playing a big role in the national politics by joining hands with the Congress and the other regional parties, but it is going to backfire on the TDP back home in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
The Congress party in Telangana has been fighting tooth and nail against tampering of voters’ list in the state, allegedly at the behest of the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi, resulting in enrolment of bogus voters and deletion of genuine voters from the list.
The unending suspense over the seat sharing among alliance partners of Maha Kootami in Telangana is causing a lot of tension in their party workers, even as the elections are just 35 days away.
It might well turn out to be a disaster for Rahul Gandhi if he enters into an alliance with Chandrababu Naidu.