The success of the Kancharapalem meeting seems to have given enough confidence to YSR Congress chief Jaganmohan Reddy now. The Leader of Opposition, who is currently in his Praja Sankalpa Yatra in Visakhapatnam, had alerted the party rank and file to get ready for the early polls. Though there are no signs of early polls in Andhra Pradesh, he had alerted the party to be prepared.
Jaganmohan Reddy’s alert on early polls comes in the thick of the ruling Telugu Desam Party fears of Bharatiya Janata Party engineering split in the party. Telugu film actor turned politician Sontineni Sivaji had already given enough indications of the BJP’s plans against the TDP. Though there are no buyers for his charges, anything is possible in politics.
When TDP can bring split and encourage defections in the YSR Congress, any other party, for that matter, BJP, which is aspiring to capture the State, can split the TDP. Interestingly, there are several leaders, including the Ministers, from the TDP who are ready to switchover the loyalties to other parties, including the YSR Congress and Jana Sena. Several of them have reserved their seats in either of these two parties and are continuing in the TDP. They are likely to be in the ruling party till December-January, the final and the winter session of the Assembly. Once this winter session is over, the real political action will take off in the State.
Perhaps Jaganmohan Reddy must be having some indications over the BJP’s schemes in the State against the TDP. It is for sure that the BJP, as a political party, wants to win either with the peoples’ support or through defections. Weakening the enemy, in this case the rival party, is part of the political game and BJP will certainly play its game.
Having seen the BJP playing such political games in Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Jammu and Kashmiri, Arunachal Pradesh and the north eastern states, there should be no doubt on its course of action for Andhra Pradesh.
Jaganmohan Reddy is a friendly-enemy for the BJP for various reasons. Though he is not part of the BJP’s friends or allies list, he is also not part of the BJP’s enemies list. He has been maintaining some healthy relationship with the BJP and thus he must be having some information or indications about the BJP’s scheme for Andhra Pradesh which must have made him to talk about early polls. Otherwise, there is no scope for early polls in the State as TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu is not ready for the same. He had lost badly to the Congress in 2004 by going for early polls and now he is not prepared for the defeat again on early polls card.