Several national leaders are helping Telugu Desam Party supremo Chandrababu Naidu in this election, assisting him in the election campaign. Interestingly, they are, on behalf of the TDP chief, targeting Opposition leader Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, even going to the extent of the CBI and ED cases pending against him. Chandrababu Naidu had roped in Jammu and Kashmir former chief minister and National Conference chief Farooq Abdhullah a few days ago to the Rayalaseema region, where he accused Jaganmohan Reddy of offering Rs 1500 crore to the Congress leadership to make him chief minister of undivided Andhra Pradesh, after the death of Y S Rajasekhar Reddy. Though the allegation was a big one in terms of political intensity, it failed to initiate debate among the people. As it appeared people preferred to ignore this leader and his charge rather than talking about it. Surprisingly, Abdulla withdrew his remarks in Delhi with the Congress leadership countering it.
Today, in a few hours from now, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamatha Benerji are joining Chandrababu Naidu in Visakhapatnam. Arvind Kejriwal had completed his first round of campaign for Chandrababu Naidu in Krishna district, where he wanted the voters to keep the State in the hands of the TDP chief who has experience and vision rather than giving it to the inexperienced and corrupt leader like Jaganmohan Reddy. It is now to be seen what Mamatha Benerji has to say for Naidu and against Jaganmohan Reddy to help the TDP retain the power in the April 11 polling.
The TDP chief is also planning to bring some more national leaders to the State as this is his first election without alliance. Naidu had never gone to the election without alliance, be it the Left parties or the TRS or the BJP for all these years. Going alone is an experiment for him this time and he is leaving no stone unturned to retain power in the State, with the help of the national leaders. With just 9 days left for the campaign to conclude, the TDP chief is understood to have lined up a few more leaders like Karnataka Chief Minister Kumaraswamy, DMK chief M K Stalin and former prime minister Deve Gowda, to campaign for him and seek votes for his party.
However, it is to be seen whether the AP voters listen to these leaders or would go by their own decisions while casting their vote on April 11.