The BJP is getting ready with facts and figures to counter TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu. For Naidu, who pulled out from the NDA and began to show BJP as enemy No. 1 for the next round of elections, as he did in the 2014 showing the Congress, it is not going to be that easy to discount the BJP. He had been ridiculing the Opposition YSR Congress for the past four years so easily with the support of the strong vernacular media. But it is not going to be that easy for him either to face the onslaught from the BJP or ridicule the party.
The BJP leaders from the State are meeting in Delhi on Saturday where the party national leadership is set to give them the agenda to put the TDP in defence. In executing campaign of its choice, BJP is a master and TDP cannot face it, leave alone beating it.
The BJP is also planning to change its leadership in the State dropping its president Kambhampati Haribabu, who is too soft towards TDP and Chandrababu Naidu. This would be the first move for the BJP to hit at Chandrababu Naidu. Anyone other than Haribabu would be a great threat for the TDP. There are potential rivals for TDP in the BJP who are waiting to take over the reins – Kanna Lakshminarayana, Somu Veerraju, Daggubati Purandheswari and Akula Satyanarayana. Anyone of them would go hard against the TDP exposing his double statements on every issue in the last four years.
It is a fact that BJP’s social media wing is so strong that could make people believe their views. The social media war is likely to be the second move of the BJP to expose Chandrababu Naidu. The party leaders are collecting the news clips, both print and electronic, relating to the statements of Chandrababu Naidu on various issues on various occasions in the last four years. Given the wide network of the BJP, it would not be so easy for Chandrababu Naidu to counter it. Even the media support is much bigger for the BJP than the TDP.
The third level counter that the BJP now is planning is the corruption charges against the TDP. The investigating agencies like the CBI and ED are set to jump into action probing every deal that Chandrababu Naidu’s government had signed in the last four years. As Pawan Kalyan alleged that Chandrababu Naidu’s son Lokesh is linked to Sekhar Reddy, mining baron from Tamil Nadu who is facing CBI cases now, the BJP might make an attempt to prove this link.
Every strategy that the BJP is planning to adopt is going to be tough for Chandrababu Naidu and his team to counter.