Naidu comes out with new mission

Ahead of the 2019 elections, Telugu Desam Party supremo and Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu had come out with a new mission. This political mission is to retain power in Andhra Pradesh, improve its position in Telangana and prevent Bharatiay Janata Party from coming to power at the Centre.

In a swift move on Tuesday, Chandrababu Naidu held a meeting with the party senior leaders and some Ministers in the Secretariat where he made his political vision clear to them for the next election. He had unfolded the vision but had not assigned any task to any of the leaders to help him in fulfilling the mission.

At one point of time, Chandrababu Naidu is understood to have explored the possibilities of forming United Front-type political combination at the national level with the non-BJP and non-Congress parties. He had come up with a list of such parties and leaders who can help him to form a national political alternative to the Congress and the BJP.

However, he was seen disappointed as he had just two parties – Trinamool Congress of West Bengal and the Janata Dal (Secular) of Karnataka – that are ready to align with him. The Bahujan Samaj Party and the Samajwadi Party from Uttar Pradesh are friendly with the Congress and may not align with Chandrababu Naidu. Even the Nationalist Congress of Sharad Pawar is comfortable with the Congress and may not opt for a third alternative with Chandrababu Naidu. The RJD of Laloo Prasad Yadav too is with the Congress and may not prefer a third alternative as Naidu proposes.

The leaders like Sharad Yadav and others are also with the Congress, while the Shiv Sena, Akali Dal and BJD, Janata Dal (United) are with the BJP. The TDP chief realised that there is no scope for him to build a third alternative at the national level with just two parties. The Left parties too are not ready for a third alternative at this point of time as they are soft towards an alliance with the Congress to beat the BJP.

Given these realities, Chandrababu Naidu had decided to try once again at the national politics and is planning to visit the capital in the next two months to test the waters, before taking a call on the issue.

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