No vacancy’ board in the YSR Congress has come as a blessing in disguise for the TDP. Former Ministers – Ganta Srinivasa Rao, T. G. Venkatesh, Erasu Pratap Reddy, Galla Aruna along with over a dozen former MLAs have shifted their loyalties. The number is likely to go up further with more leaders hinting at defections.
If it is good tidings for TDP chief N. Chandrababu Naidu, its leaders from Telangana are left to fend for themselves because of the two-eyed policy on the bifurcation issue. Unable to face the voters in the region, at least half a dozen MLAs joined the TRS in the last 10 days.
The YSR Congress was an automatic choice for several Congress leaders but the reluctance of its president Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy to take more people has temporarily halted migrations.
The YSR Congress is very much inclined to go with the CPM as the latter was the only party to strongly oppose the division of the state. “It would be a win-win situation for both the parties as the CPM commands more than 5,000 votes in each Assembly constituency and can play a decisive role in about 40 constituencies,” said a senior CPM leader who is privy to the development.
Incidentally, the two political parties that staunchly stand for a united state will be contesting in Telangana as well, apart from projecting themselves as the winning combination in the Seemandhra region. Although Khammam is in Telangana, Jagan in his public meeting on Thursday persisted with his united state stand and got away with it.
The Bharatiya Janata Party feels it has more to lose if it gets into an alliance with the Telugu Desam Party in Seema-Andhra. Vicky Nanjappa reports
The TDP has all throughout sent very confusing signals on an alliance. The party which was part of the National Democratic Alliance in 1999 feels that it has a poor chance against Jagan Mohan Reddy’s YSR Congress. Also, if it is seen partnering with the BJP it would stand to lose a considerable number of seats.
In brief, Jagan’s split from the Congress and floating of a party that threatened to eat big time into old Congress bastions in Seemandhra was a key factor that propelled the grand old party to hive off Telangana so as to cut its losses and remain relevant at least in that zone.
Source: Sons come of Age:Dynastic Politics are In-thing Now-New Indian Express, March 2,2014