It was a true political battle in Delhi on Monday between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the rest of India. The leaders of various political parties who are opposed to the Bharatiya Janata Party and Prime Minister Narendra Modi gathered in AP Bhavan in the national capital where Telugu Desam Party chief Chandrababu Naidu was in a day-long protest against the Central government.
The top leaders from the Opposition parties, who have been aligned with the Congress in UPA, a few of them not yet part of the UPA, were rallied for Chandrababu Naidu. This was the second biggest rally of the Opposition parties in the country after the Kolkata rally organised by West Bengal Chief minister Mamatha Benerji on January 19. Chandrababu Naidu was able to mobilise these leaders to rally together once again after the Kolkata experiment. There is another round of such gathering in Amaravathi sometime this month or early March as Chandrababu Naidu plans it so.
Though the TDP leaders have projected it as a fight by the government, as the government had spent money for this bigger event from its coffers, it turned out to be a TDP event all through. The speeches were mostly to get political mileage to the TDP and Chandrababu Naidu against the BJP and Narendra Modi’s dispensation. The event drew the national attention with the media giving due space for the protest, where Congress president Rahul Gandhi, former prime ministers Dr Manmohan Singh and Deve Gowda, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath, Jammu and Kashmir former chief minister Farooq Abdulla, Uttar Pradesh former chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav and a dozen senior Congress leaders were present.
The Congress leaders, forgetting the three-decade long political differences with Chandrababu Naidu, have showered praises on the TDP chief. Some of them have recollected their good olden days where they worked together in Youth Congress. Chandrababu Naidu’s blood which he said was boiling was thus cooled by these Congress leaders.
The State government had mobilised people from across the State, including the officials for the event paying from its coffers. With these people sitting in front of the dais and the leaders on the dais Chandrababu Naidu closed his day-long protest with hard-hitting words against the BJP leadership and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. However, it is now to be seen what the Centre would to do the State or what the BJP would do to the TDP!