The alliance between the Telugu Desam Party and the Bharatiya Janata Party appears to be on rocks going by the recent developments, but according to former Congress MP from Rajahmundry Vundavalli Arun Kumar, the alliance will continue even during 2019 elections.
In a free-wheeling talk with a television channel, Vundavalli said going by the political developments after the recent Gujarat elections, it could be assumed that the BJP would not afford to forego its alliance with the TDP.
“However, it all depends on how the TDP graph is going to be in the coming months. If the TDP is able to remain a powerful force, the BJP will continue its alliance. Otherwise, it might look at the alternatives,” he said.
The former MP has also felt that Modi might go for simultaneous elections for the Andhra Pradesh assembly and Parliament.
But if Modi wants to advance the dates of Lok Sabha elections and Naidu wants to continue for full-term, then the TDP and BJP might not have alliance, he said.
Vundavalli opined that the there is no chance of the BJP coming to power in any of the southern states, except in Karnataka.
“There are going to be elections for another six states in 2018. If the BJP fares well in majority of these states, it might change its stand on the alliances in the southern states. If the result is otherwise, Chandrababu Naidu himself might part ways with the BJP,” he opined.