Telugu Desam Party supremo and AP Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu had conveniently skipped the meeting of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi to Telangana. It was the first electoral public meeting of the Maha Kutami in Telangana in which the TDP is a partner with 12 seats on hand. The TDP in TS had been staking claims of winning big in this election and that would be a strong signal to the Bharatiya Janata Party leadership at the Centre, particularly to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The TDP accuses ruling Telangana Rastra Samithi of having a secret understanding with the BJP and Narendra Modi in Telangana. Though the BJP is also contesting here, the TDP successfully campaigns that there is a secret understanding between the two parties or at least between the two leaders – Chandrasekhar Rao of TRS and Narendra Modi of BJP. The TDP also accuses of backdoor operations by the TRS and BJP against Chandrababu Naidu.
However, Chandrababu Naidu was able to avoid facing Sonia Gandhi, despite the political and electoral significance of the Medchal meeting. There were the leaders of all allies – Prof. Kodandaram from Telangana Jana Samithi, Chada Venkata Reddy from CPI and L Ramana from the TDP, besides the Congress. There were Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi too on the dais. The only missing leader here was Chandrababu Naidu, who was otherwise busy in Ananthapur district.
Now, having skipped Medchal, Chandrababu Naidu is designing his campaign in Telangana along with Rahul Gandhi. The two leaders would embark on the combined campaign – mostly road shows – for two days from November 28. Chandrababu Naidu and his team believe that this road show in the pockets where the Seemandhra people reside will turn the electoral battle in their favour.
Rahul Gandhi is received as leader of the Congress and he is no exception to the people of Telangana. But there is different for Chandrababu Naidu as he heads the residuary State against which these people have fought for six decades and got their liberation. His acceptability in Telangana region is not sure. Perhaps it is for this reason, Chandrababu Naidu is not campaigning independently and he is depending on Rahul Gandhi. It is on this count, one has to watch the road show of Chandrababu Naidu along with Rahul Gandhi.