Two days in Delhi, what was achieved?

Telugu Desam president and Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu camped in the national capital for two days promising to intensify the fight against BJP and get the special category status and other demands for the State. He went there armed with the power point presentations, video clips and printed books in English and Hindi explaining what was promised to the State and what was given.

The AP Reorganisation Act 2014, the injustice done to the State and the promises made to the State were highlighted during the two days in the form of distribution of books and presentation of video clips and power point. Chandrababu Naidu sat in the Central Hall of Parliament meeting the leaders of various parties on the first day and kept interacting with the representatives of the national media on the second day.

The result, as it is visible, is the open support extended by Delhi Chief Minister Kejriwal and Chandrababu Naidu’s demand for the Joint Parliamentary Committee to look into the AP issues. While Kejirwal’s support comes because of his own differences with the BJP leadership and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and there is nothing special in that. AP is not going to get any additional benefit from his support as BJP would conveniently ignore as there is nothing new for BJP from Kejriwal. Though Chandrababu Naidu spoke to prominent leaders Sharad Pawar, there was no significant leader who rallied for AP or promised to work for AP in Parliament or even outside.

The other visible achievement was the demand for JPC, which will obviously fall into the deaf ears of the BJP. There is no possibility of the TDP getting the JPC constituted as per its wishes as it has no major support in the Parliament. Unless the Congress and the Left echo the TDP’s voice, the JPC demand would not reach even the corridors of the Parliament.

The only benefit from the two-day camp was the interviews to the national media. The electronic media had telecast the interviews in Hindi and English in one news bulletin, while the print media carried the interviews. But, even as Chandrababu Naidu was giving interviews or addressing the press conference in Delhi, the BJP had countered it with Human Resource Minister Prakash Javadekar, BJP MPs Kambhampati Haribabu and G V L Narasimha Rao countering the allegations made by Chandrababu Naidu. They ridiculed the two-day efforts of Chandrababu Naidu in just one press conference . The Delhi press conference was cut into size by the BJP and it was as good as Chandrababu Naidu addressing a press conference in Amaravati. In fact, if it was in Amaravati, Chandrababu Naidu would have received greater advantage as every word of him would go to the people in their own language.

At the end, as he travelled back to the State capital from the national capital, there was nothing achieved or no additional support received. The voice went unheard and unnoticed. The State’s demand stays unaddressed.

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