The Bharatiya Janata Party leadership is ignoring the existence of its former ally, the Telugu Desam Party, these days. The BJP top leaders see no future for the TDP in the State and there are several leaders from the TDP who have already joined the BJP, finding no future for the TDP in the State. The 2019 general elections have shown a crushing defeat for the TDP with its strength reduced to 23 in the 175-member Assembly.
The crushing defeat and the aging leadership of its president Chandrababu Naidu are the major reasons for the top leaders of the party to quit the party and join the BJP. Majority of the TDP leaders believe that Chandrababu Naidu may not keep the party strong till the 2024 general elections, given his health and age. The party require a strong and vibrant leader to touch every nook and corner of the State and revive its lost ground. Given his health and age, Chandrababu Naidu may not do this laborious job to revive the party.
Some of the leaders are also of the view that Chandrababu Naidu’s son and the party general secretary Nara Lokesh, is not a match to YSR Congress supremo and chief minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, who had emerged as mass leader in the State and had won 151 Assembly seats for his party. With a massive mandate, Jaganmohan Reddy is marching towards further strengthening his party base among the masses. The TDP would have to challenge this and have its own base created again and strengthened to face the 2024 elections. As it is not sure of getting back its strength, more leaders are leaving the party.
It is in this backdrop the BJP finds no future for the TDP in the State. It is thus, trying to take on the ruling YSR Congress. The BJP leaders, who had a meeting in Vijayawada on Sunday, declared that they would emerge as strong opposition to the YSR Congress in the State in no time. “There is no TDP in the State. We are emerging as strong opposition to the YSR Congress,” declared BJP state president Kanna Lakshminarayana.