Whether it is due to Chandrababu’s jolt or for not keeping the promises made to Andhra Pradesh at the time of bifurcation, BJP will definitely have a touch time ahead in Andhra Pradesh. It won five Assembly seats in the previous election. It could win the few seats thanks to the alliance with Telugu Desam Party and with the support of Jana Sena leader Pawan Kalyan. But now the situation has changed. With BJP’s boat sinking in AP, the question is how many will remain in the boat.
In the previous elections, BJP won Visakhapatnam North, Rajahmundry Urban, Tadepalligudem and Kaikaluru seats. With TDP snapping the ties, it has become clear that BJP has no strength to win these seats on its own. This is giving sleepless nights to BJP leaders. Already former minister and Tadepalligundem MLA Manikyala Rao has resigned from his Assembly membership to protest Chandrababu’s failure to keep his promises. Though his resignation is yet to be accepted, he is telling people that he is no longer the MLA.
Meanwhile, Kaikaluru MLA and former minister Kamineni Srinivas had been staying away from party activities for the last few days. Speculations are rife that he is joining TDP. However, he announced that he will not contest the coming elections. This means BJP has almost lost Kaikalurs seat too. Visakha North MLA Vishnu Kumar Raju is very clear in what he is doing. Though he made it clear that he is not joining YSRCP, it has become clear that he will definitely join TDP.
On the other hand Rajahmundry Urban MLA Aakula Satyanarayana is also getting ready to jump to Jana Sena. He already resigned from BJP. His wife Aakula Padmvati has already joined Jana Sena. He is keen to contest Lok Sabha elections from Rajahmundry constituency as Jana Sena candidate. He is reported to have discussed this with Jana Sena leaders and they have given green signal for this. They also said to have fixed Mahuratam. He is ready to join Jana Sena on an auspicious day after Sankranti. The question is how many of those who won the previous elections as BJP candidates will remain in the party.