The battle lines are drawn in Andhra Pradesh. The date is in the first phase of the national poll that falls on April 11. The fight is becoming tougher with every passing day at the national level. The Bharatiya Janata Party with its NDA allies are leaving no stone unturned to retain the power. The Congress with its UPA partners and some other parties are trying its best to wrest the power from the BJP-led NDA.
However, these national parties have no stakes in Andhra Pradesh. Besides the BJP and Congress, the parties like CPI, CPM and the BSP are in the race at some constituencies. While the Congress and the BJP are fighting all the 175 Assembly and 25 Lok Sabha constituencies, the other national parties like CPI, CPM and BSP are limited to some seats. The two Left parties and the BSP have joined the alliance with the regional party, Jana Sena.
The Congress had suffered a humiliating defeat in the 2014 election with all the candidates losing their deposits in the election. After this humiliating defeat, several leaders from the Congress have left the party in the last five years. The party had picked up the second rung leaders now and fielded them in the polls. Only a handful of its senior leaders are now in the fray. But, the hopes of the party winning even a single seat are bleak.
The BJP too is having a similar situation in the State. The party which had won two MP and 4 MLA seats in alliance with the Telugu Desam Party in 2014 elections has no hopes of winning even a single seat this time. The party had fielded its candidates for all the Assembly and Parliament seats. The party is set to face a humiliating defeat this time as the peoples’ anger is shifted from the Congress to the BJP. The BJP is blamed for denying the bifurcation benefits to the State, particularly the special category status. Even if its star campaigners like Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP national president Amit Shah campaign here, the party may not get some comfortable votes. The party secured 7.5 per cent votes in the 2014 election and this time, the percentage might dip to the lowest.