It was in Tirupati on April 30, 2014 Narendra Modi, the then NDA’s prime minister candidate, addressed the people promising better deal to the residuary State of Andhra Pradesh. He alleged that the Congress which bifurcated the State had killed the mother (AP) to deliver a baby (TS). He said he would do justice to the residuary state. He promised that he would help the government to build a capital that would be better than the national capital.
Four years have gone and nothing had happened. The TDP is not an ally and is no more with the NDA. There is no capital yet and there is no special category status that was promised to the State by Modi for ten years.
The TDP is now planning to hold a meeting in Tirupati on April 30. This meeting is to hit hard at Narendra Modi for going back on the promises to the State. The TDP, being in the government, wants to hold a meeting where Modi addressed, and tell the nation how he had betrayed the people. The TDP chief had decided to take advantage of the date and place to drive home his point and win the hearts of the people for his fight against the mighty Modi-Shah combination.
Before this April 30 meeting in Tirupati, the TDP is also planning to hold a meeting of the Dalits on April 20 in Guntur, right in front of Acharya Nagarjuna University where Chandrababu Naidu took oath on June 8, 2014. There is another action programme of celebrating Dr Ambedkar’s birth anniversary across the State with the TDP leaders submitting representations on behalf of the State government to the statues of Dr Ambedkar as a mark of protest.
Prior to these two meetings, the TDP wants all its MLAs, MLCs and the MPs to tour the districts explaining to the people the betrayal of the BJP and the battle of the TDP for the State. Chandrababu Naidu had asked his MPs to come back to the State and go around. This exercise is aimed at attracting the people towards the TDP and its sacrifices for the State and not allowing them to look at the YSR Congress or Jagan Mohan Reddy.
However, it is observed that not many of the TDP MPs are inclined to take up such campaign in their respective areas. J C Diwakar Reddy had opened up his mind already towards the agitation for the special category status. He said that he had no confidence in Prime Minister Narendra Modi giving the special category status to the State but was participating in the protest only on the directions of the party chief. There are at least four MPs who have similar opinion and they may not take this agitation to their areas as told by the Chief Minister. Even if they hold the agitation and public meetings as directed by the party, it would just be a ceremonial and not a protest in true spirit.