Surprisingly, the regional parties from the Telugu States have firmly backed the Bharatiya Janata Party in the reorganisation of the Jammu and Kashmir State bill in Rajya Sabha. The BJP acted strategically by tabling the bill first in Rajya Sabha and then take it to the Lok Sabha. The bill came to the Rajya Sabha like a surgical strike. The BJP think-tank and the strategists have worked overnight to mobilise support for its move to recall Article 370 of the Constitution and withdrew all special status granted to the Jammu and Kashmir with a stroke of pen.
The regional parties from the Telugu States, the Telangana Rastra Samithi, the Telugu Desam Party and the YSR Congress, have supported the BJP on the issue. It was not just a simple support – the parties hailed the move and the leadership to the heights. The BJP had its own reason to catch hold of these regional parties. The TRS has six MPs, followed by two each for the TDP and the YSR Congress, making it 10, a considerable strength for the BJP, which is running short of numbers in the Upper House.
The three Telugu regional parties have their own compulsions. The TRS is feeling the threat of fund crunch from the Centre and a threat of the BJP’s invasion indicating a greater threat to the succession of K T Rama Rao as the big boss for the State. The TRS leaders are at the mercy of the BJP now for release of Central funds that were stopped some two months ago. The YSR Congress too is in similar compulsion. The party had come to power in Andhra Pradesh giving greater hopes for the people and everything has to be fulfilled which require greater support from the BJP. Moreover, the party top boss, Jaganmohan Reddy, and the number two in the party, Vijayasai Reddy, have the cases pending against them, which they want to come out. The TDP, which had lost its ground in Telangana and limited its presence in Andhra Pradesh now, is also equally looking for BJP’s support to survive in the State. The BJP is going all out to dismantle the three-decade old TDP in AP and is taking the leaders one after the other. Its mission would start once the Parliament session ends and the TDP thus is trying to please the BJP to stop its invasion.