BJP gears up for combined polls in December?

There are enough indications that the Bharatiya Janata Party leadership is getting ready for the early polls. As per the indications, the elections are likely to be held in December this year.

The BJP leadership which had moved the simultaneous polls to Parliament and State Assemblies is now actively considering the proposal. The Law Commission is holding consultations with the political parties on the issue. While the Telangana Rastra Samithi had agreed for early and simultaneous polls, the Telugu Desam Party had rejected the proposal and claims that it is not prepared for Assembly elections ahead of 6 months.

However, the BJP had almost made up its mind on the issue. The BJP is looking at Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Arunachal Pradesh, Assom, Chhattisgarh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharastra, Mizoram, Odisha, Sikkim, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Haryana and West Bengal for the simultaneous elections. If possible, the BJP also wants Assembly polls in Tamil Nadu too where the AIADMK government is at its weakest position after the death of Jayalalithaa last year. The BJP wants to take advantage of the internal squabbles in the party and go for the elections.

Though Chandrababu Naidu had opposed the simultaneous polls proposal before the Law Commission, the TDP is preparing for the show. The party plans to hold series of meetings in the State where it would take on BJP, YSR Congress and the Jana Sena on political issues and highlight its welfare issues on the other side.

The party which is completing 1500 days in office by July 15, had proposed six-month long activity in the State to gear up the rank and file for the elections. The TDP by raising objection now, is set to use the early polls issue too in its favour against the BJP.

It is to be seen how the BJP would handle Chandrababu Naidu and his TDP if it decides to go for early and simultaneous polls in December this year.

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