Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a video conference with the Bharatiya Janata Party leaders from the State where he told them to reach out to the people ahead of the elections. He held a video conference with the top leaders of the party in Visakhapatnam and Machilipatnam.
Modi had reportedly explained to them that every scheme that the State government is implementing has a share of the Central government. He told them that chief minister Chandrababu Naidu had changed the names of the Central schemes and wanted the BJP leaders to explain this to the people. He also told them how the Central government is supporting the State in major projects like Polavaram and Amaravati.
The Prime Minister had asked the party leaders about the misleading campaign that Chandrababu Naidu was carrying out against the BJP and the Central government and told them to counter it. He also directed the party leaders to expose Chandrababu Naidu’s alliance with the Congress and see that people understood the opportunistic politics of the TDP leader.
The BJP leaders, however, are not comfortable in the State and have no hopes of making its presence felt. The party which has some existence in Telangana was rooted out in the just concluded elections. Though the party had contested in 118 Assembly seats, its candidates lost their deposits in 103 Assembly constituencies and had won just one Assembly seat. Going by this performance, the party may not find even candidates for the 175 Assembly seats in Andhra Pradesh as it doesn’t exist here.
Given the strengths and strategies of Chandrababu Naidu, the BJP is no match in challenging him on his home turf. Perhaps this is what the BJP leaders from the state have already admitted. Chandrababu Naidu had succeeded in projecting the BJP as betrayer and Prime Minister Modi as villain. The present BJP’s strength and its presence in the State will not match the TDP’s network to counter this image to the party and the Prime Minister as well.
It is to be seen how Narendra Modi and Amit Shah would lead the party in the next election saving it from the TDP’s onslaught.