It appears to be difficult for Telugu Desam Party chief Chandrababu Naidu to control the party in future. Lacking people’s support and with the ruling party going aggressive, TDP cadre is already in disarray. On the other hand TDP leaders are looking at other parties with hopes. Chandrababu is worried that YSRCP may poach on even the remaining MLAs. Chandrababu believes there is only one way to stop them.
Five months after losing power several TDP leaders have left the party. Some strong leaders joined BJP while some others jumped to YSRCP. Among 23 MLAs who were elected, nobody knows who and when will defect to other parties. BJP, which is in power at the Centre, is also targeting TDP. The claim by the saffron party leaders that some more TDP leaders will join BJP before December 15 is causing concern to Chandrababu.
The only option left before Chandrababu to stop the defections is to join hands with the BJP. Chandrababu, who still has soft corner for BJP, has not yet met any party leader. There have been reports that he called on RSS chief in Nagpur. BJP leaders at the centre are not keen on meeting Chandrababu. Currently they are busy with Jharkhand elections. In this context Chandrababu is thinking how to save the sinking ship.
Chandrababu comes to Hyderabad every Saturday and Sunday. It is learnt that he is first trying to mend fences with the BJP leaders of Telangana. If BJP and TDP join hands in Telangana, this is likely to create some conducive atmosphere. That’s why there have been reports that Chandrababu called on top BJP leaders of Telangana. Chandrababu’s strategy is to have an alliance with BJP in Telangana and then extend it to AP. He is learnt to have entrusted the task to senior TDP leaders with a direction to complete the mission at the earliest.