Perhaps this would be the first election for the Telugu Desam Party to face the elections without having truck with any party. Ahead of the 2019 elections, the TDP had formally decided to try its luck alone. The party and its chief Chandrababu Naidu plans to go alone basing on the developmental initiatives of the last four years.
After four years, the TDP is now banking on Amaravati, Polavaram, Kia Motors, Pensions, cement roads in villages and the latest addition of Anna Canteens to fetch votes. Chandrababu Naidu firmly believes that these developmental initiatives would keep its 2014 vote bank intact, besides bringing additional votes on the development plank.
The TDP’s plan for the 2019 polls was indicated by Minister for Information and Public Relations Kalava Srinivasulu when he was asked whether the party was looking forward to having a tie-up with Jana Sena as there were reports that Pawan Kalyan was inclined towards an alliance.
“In 2014, when the State was left in doldrums after bifurcation with no capital city, no industries and no employment opportunities, people reposed faith in Naidu. Not disappointing them, our leader has done everything for the development of the State. Today, there is no need for people to run from pillar to post with regard to any welfare programme, as everything is being done even before the need is expressed,” he said.
Stating that the farm loan waiver, pensions and other welfare schemes are being implemented in an apolitical and transparent manner, the minister said such an attitude of the government has only increased the trust of people on the TDP and expanded its vote-base.
On the occasion, he explained how the government is making efforts to make the State drought-proof by taking up various irrigation projects and interlinking rivers.
He said no one had expected that Kia Motors car manufacturing unit would come up in Anantapur district and the reason, the Kia Motors chief gave was that he trusted Naidu’s efficiency, hence such a large investment.
“Under the TDP government, Andhra Pradesh for the second consecutive time has become number one in ease of doing business,” he pointed out.
The minister dismissed several allegations by various political parties against the TDP and asserted that both the BJP and YSR Congress are singing the same tune with a clandestine understanding.