Will Jagan and Pawan join hands against Naidu?

TDP’s Chandrababu Naidu stands isolated in Andhra Pradesh politics today. After he broke the alliance with the BJP, he stands alone, while the Left and Jana Sena have built alliance and are set to go together in the days to come. The Congress too is moving close to the CPI, CPM and Jana Sena and they might come up with common programme in the next couple of weeks.

Chalasani Srinivas, the man who had been fighting for special category status, is now trying to build a united fight with all these parties coming together. He had met YSR Congress chief Jagan Mohan Reddy and AP Congress chief Raghuveera Reddy and sought their support. The CPI, CPM and Jana Sena have already agreed to the suggestion and it is now for the YSR Congress and Congress to come to terms. If that happens, it would mean that the entire Opposition would stand together against TDP, which in other words means Chandrababu Naidu on one side and Jagan and Pawan on the other.

The combination of Jagan and Pawan is what is expected to happen in the next few weeks. Pawan Kalyan had distanced himself from the BJP and TDP and is targeting the TDP, mostly influenced by the CPI and the CPM. By accepting to release the book of former chief secretary I Y R Krishna Rao on Amaravati, he had closed all doors for the TDP to come near to him in the future. His criticism on Nara Lokesh also closed all doors for any electoral understanding with TDP and Jana Sena this time.

Jagan Mohan Reddy, unlike in 2014, is now looking for a helping hand from the Left parties to take on Chandrababu Naidu. The Left parties are already tied up with Pawan Kalyan and are working to forge an alliance with the Congress. If Jagan Mohan Reddy’s plans materialise positively in his favour, Pawan Kalyan would also share the dais with him in the election campaign.

This possibility is what scares the TDP cadre and its leader Chandrababu Naidu. If this combination gets consolidated Chandrababu Naidu would remain isolated. This would be a critical time for Chandrababu Naidu with the entire Opposition fitted against him in the election. He had never gone to elections alone ever since he took over the TDP from his father-in-law N T Rama Rao in 1995. He was either with the Left or the BJP in every election. Now that the doors of these parties are closed for him, it is clear that he would remain alone, which would be difficult for Chandrababu Naidu to handle the election.

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