Chandrababu in eye of storm

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP president Chandrababu Naidu is in a dilemma. Cutting ties with NDA and special status sentiment picking up momentum has become a problem for him. As Chandrababu has severed all ties with NDA, he will face problems for next one year.  Andhra Pradesh’s development is likely to be paralyzed. The state is facing a financial crunch and putting the economy back on rail has become a challenge for Chandrababu. It has become clear that the Centre will no long extend a helping hand. If the need arises, it may throw four stones at TDP but will not give four pennies to the state. Economic experts say in this context it will be difficult for Chandrababu to implement poll promises.

Polavaram project, which will be a key issue in coming elections, may not be completed this year. The Centre has to fully bear the expenditure for Polavaram project. In the present situation, the Centre may not speed up the work. Since the works have to be executed under the supervision of the Centre, Chandrababu is worried on how will he face people on Polavaram project in the coming elections. Chandrababu Naidu is also caught in catch22 situation on issues like Visakha railway zone and Kadapa steel factory. TDP says BJP is responsible for the state not getting railway zone and the steel factory but a question will arise what TDP was doing for four years.

On the other side, the elections are fast approaching. The opposition parties are intensifying the protest for special status and for promises made at the time of state’s bifurcation. The opposition has even called for a bandh on April 16. In this situation, the ruling party will be forced to cooperate with the opposition’s protest plan. Main opposition YSR Congress is trying to become champion of special status by frequently changing its strategy. Will people of AP trust Chandrababu if he alone chalks out an action plan for special status movement? TDP sources admit that this question is also bothering Chandrababu. He has prepared an action plan under which cycle rallies and meetings will be organized from April 22 to create awareness among people.

Chandrababu is also facing problems due to internal wrangling in the party. While some are leaving the party, there are others who are forming groups in the party to damage it. This situation prevails in about 100 constituencies. The ruling party has two groups in every constituency. Even district incharge ministers have failed to resolve the issue. Take for instance Nandyal and Allagadda where Chandrababu had to personally speak to A V Subba Reddy and Akhila Priya. Thus Chandrababu is being surrounded by problems from all sides. It remains to be seen how he comes out of these problems in an election year.

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