Amit Shah is chalking out various strategies to make his party an alternative both in Andhra Pradesh and Telagana. In this context he has been adopting his own political strategies in both the Telugu states. In recent days, Amit Shah gave appointments to Jagan but cancelled the meetings, triggering a debate in political circles. Despite being busy with Parliament session, Amit Shah gave appointments to likes of YSRCP MP Raghurama Krishnam Raju and senior TDP leader C M Ramesh who has joined BJP. But what Amit Shah’s action in cancelling meetings with Jagan indicates. This is being hotly debated in political circles.
In fact before the elections and after it, BJP high command in Delhi rolled out red carpet for YSRCP chief Jagan. From Prime Minister Modi to Amit Shah and other central ministers were immediately giving appointments to Jagan. After getting the appointments, Jagan was finalizing Delhi tour. However, for last one month, there is a clear change in BJP leadership’s attitude. They are giving the appointment but are cancelling the meetings. The reasons for this are being discussed in YSRCP. After crushing defeat in the previous elections, leaders like Sujana Chowdary, C M Ramesha dn T G Venkatesh joined BJP and announced that TDP parliamentary party has merged with the saffron party. Shocked over the development, TDP could not even protest.
There have been speculations that Chandrababu was afraid that three Lok Sabha members including Kesineni may also leave the party. The political chanakya is said to have ordered that TDP sleeping cells should join BJP and work to snap YSRCP-BJP ties. TDP is no position to strongly deny this. TDP with its sleeper cells is dealing political blows to Jagan at the Centre. Apparently YSRCP has failed to implement a strategy to counter this. When YSRCP was not in power and with no other activity, leaders like Vijay Sai Reddy used to show their influence at the Centre.
According to reports in TDP media, Vijay Sai Reddy now has no time to keep an eye on TDP and continue friendly ties with the Centre and that is the reason he is lagging in lobbying. Jagan, who was in Delhi tour, returned home by cancelling his programmes due to death of Narayana who used to look his personal matters. However, TDP media claimed that Jagan did not get the appointment and hence he had to return. When Chandrababu was in power, Prime Minister Modi gave appointments to leaders who did not even ask for it but kept Babu away for one-and-half year. Considering all this it looks state leaders have just become tools in BJP’s game.