Bharatiya Janata Party, which has brought majority of the northern states under its control, is now gradually spreading its tentacles to the South.
While it managed to gain control over Tamil Nadu politics by engineering a split in the All India Anna DMK (AIADMK) and bringing former chief minister O Pannel Selvam into its fold, it has almost regained its hold on Karnataka and started emerging as a potential alternative in Kerala.
The immediate target of the BJP, however, is Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The BJP leadership has apparently realised that the ruling Telugu Desam Party headed by chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu is on a weak footing and there is a possibility that Naidu might not return to power in 2019 elections. So, it has eyed the main opposition YSR Congress party headed by Y S Jaganmohan Reddy.
Without sending feelers to Jagan on its own, the BJP leadership has stepped up pressure on him to surrender to the centre by expediting the CBI investigation into his alleged illegal assets case. And finally, Jagan succumbed to pressures and declared his party’s support to the Bharatiya Janata Party.
At the same time, Jagan reportedly submitted a few classified documents to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the corrupt deeds of Chandrababu Naidu, which will help the BJP leadership to blackmail the latter. So, Modi hit two birds at one shot.
In Telangana, too, Modi mounted pressure on TRS leadership. Sources said Modi had obtained some strong evidences against KCR and his family members which would enable Enforcement Directorate to launch an investigation against them.
Sources said the whole purpose of KCR’s latest visit to Delhi is only to get into a compromise with the BJP leadership. By the way, the TRS also extended its support to the BJP in Presidential elections.
Once both the strong parties in Andhra and Telangana come into its fold, the BJP can hope for a complete hold over the south, say analysts.