With just 24 hours left for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit the State and address a public meeting in Guntur, the ruling Telugu Desam Party is intensifying its protest across the State. The TDP leaders are taking out rallies with black flags and banners. The rallies are taken out across the State with more focus in Guntur and Visakhapatnam where the Prime Minister is scheduled to address public meetings on February 10 and 27 respectively.
Interestingly, this time, the activists of the Left parties too are joining the protests and taking out rallies saying Go Back Modi. As the Left parties are also fighting for the special category status demand, the youth and students associated with the CPI and CPM are taking to the streets to protest against Modi’s visit.
The TDP leaders have held similar protest when Congress president Rahul Gandhi visited Guntur on June 4, 2017. They held black flags and hurled eggs and tomatoes at the convoy of Rahul Gandhi from Gannavaram airport to the Guntur city accusing him of doing injustice to the State as the Congress was responsible for the bifurcation. Now, two years later, the TDP leaders are repeating the protest but this time the leader is not the Congress chief, but the BJP Prime Minister.
When they held the protest against the visit of Rahul Gandhi to Guntur in 2017, the TDP leaders were in alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party and were part of the NDA government at the Centre. Now, when they are holding protests against the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, they are in alliance with the Congress. When they protested against Rahul Gandhi’s visit to the State, the TDP had given up the claim for the special category status and had settled for the special package offered by Narendra Modi. Now, when they are holding protests against the visit of Narendra Modi, they are back with the special category status slogan.
Thanks to the media support that the TDP enjoys, the change of the party’s stand on key issues from time to time are conveniently ignored and people are diverted to the issues raised by the TDP leadership. The inconsistency that the TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu shows this time is conveniently ignored by the media, which is living on the advertisement revenue that the TDP government rolls out every day.
However, it is to be seen if people subscribe to the ever changing strategies of the TDP or oppose it when the State goes for the next round of general elections.