Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu had formed two panels to deal with the agitation on the Special Category Status issue. One committee would plan the strategy to be followed for the agitation, while the other committee would implement it. This decision was taken at the all-party meeting held in Secretariat on Saturday evening.
The meeting was boycotted by YSR Congress, Congress, BJP, Jana Sena, CPI and CPM, leaving just a few small and defunct parties like Nava Bharat Party. There are government employees and the leaders like Ashok Babu, Pabbaraju Venkateswarlu and Murali Krishna, who would have to follow whatever the man in the hot seat decides. They did so when Kiran Kumar Reddy was in the hot seat and wanted Samaikyandhra movement and they are doing it now. There are, of course, a few organisations, which are close to Chandrababu Naidu and his TDP.
Chandrababu Naidu wants these parties to intensify the agitation in non-violence form of Mahatma Gandhi. They would be taking out cycle, motor cycle rallies, bus yatras and hold public meetings in the State to build pressure on the Central government. Naidu is not ready for any form of protest that disturbs the State’s economy or people. No bandh and no burning of properties. It is just a matter of protest walk or talk.
But the big question is after all the major parties boycotting him and isolating him, who are the people who would be with him in the panel? What strategy that the committee would plan when there is Chandrababu Naidu who decides everything? Those who attended the meeting, including actor Pothineni Sivaji and activist Chalasani Srinivas have praised Chandrababu Naidu’s efforts so far and would stand by him. The rest would have to follow suit.
Besides the protest that would be planned in due course, Chandrababu Naidu had hinted at possible witch-hunt by the BJP on him. Yes, this is what is going to happen. The BJP is set to attack the TDP and break its foundation, both in terms of its finances and in terms of its cadre/leader. The BJP, which is currently busy with Karnataka elections would set its eyes on Andhra Pradesh after the polls.
There are enough indications, at least in the notice of Chandrababu Naidu that the days are not going to be comfortable for him anymore. This is what worries Naidu more than the denial of special category status. His cry for special category status is only for the people, but there is bigger concern for him which he is talking about with the party leaders inside and gave some hints to the representatives of the organisations at the all-party meeting. A big game is ahead and that is what he wants the two committees to face it. He wants these two committees to fight against the mighty BJP and save him, which is like saving the State.
Given the strategies that the BJP follows across, will these two committees handle the challenges that the saffron party is set to throw?