The Bharatiya Janata Party leadership from the State is waiting for the scheduled visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the State. The Prime Minister is scheduled to address two public meetings, one at Guntur on February 10 and the other at Visakhapatnam on February 16.
The BJP leaders are pinning their hopes on Modi to rescue them from the onslaught by Telugu Desam Party supremo and chief minister Chandrababu Naidu and his media. The local BJP leaders are not able to match the criticism and campaign against the party and the prime minister by Chandrababu Naidu and his TDP leaders. The ruling TDP has greater support from the media, both print and television, and this support is missing for the BJP in hitting back at the TDP and its leadership.
The campaign by the TDP chief and the leaders goes well into the people with the support of the media and the BJP leaders are thus far behind in reaching out to the people and give a counter to the TDP campaign. It is here that the State BJP leaders are looking forward to the Prime Minister’s visit to the State as he comes with the media support. When the Prime Minister addresses public meetings, the media that backs the TDP and Chandrababu Naidu will be compelled to give priority to the Prime Minister. It is for this reason, the BJP leaders are waiting for the Prime Minister to visit them and address the people.
The BJP is already campaigning mode through its bus yatra started by its national president Amith Shah at Palasa in Srikakulam district. Though the leaders are giving a counter to the TDP’s campaign against the party on the denial of special category status to the State and the injustice done, they are not getting due share in the media and are placed far behind. Even Amith Shah could not get the importance in the Telugu media when he visited the State last week.
Keeping all these factors into consideration, the BJP is leaving no stone unturned to make sure that Narendra Modi’s visit gives an edge to the party by exposing the TDP chief and his false claims and charges against the Central government and the BJP leadership. It is to be seen how far Modi would be able to counter Naidu’s intensive campaign.