Recovering from the shock dealt by Jagan government issuing a notification for local body elections, the opposition parties are gearing up for the battle. The main parties are focusing on mobilizing resources and completing the process of picking up candidates in the available short time. In this context, Jana Sena and BJP which recently joined hands became busy in devising their joint strategy. Both the parties realized that they urgently require joint manifesto. Besides this they held a meeting to discuss all issues including working out a joint poll campaign.
It is a fact that BJP and Jana Sena do not have strong cadre at the field level. BJP has some workers in all the places but they lack mass following. Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan has good following in Godavari districts. However, it did not finally convert into votes for the party dealing it a huge blow in the previous election. That’s why BJP is looking after the direction and guidance while Pawan is planning to take care of the campaign. In the previous general elections, BJP polled less than one per cent votes while Jana sena secured six per cent votes. BJP got 2.63 lakh votes while Jana Sena polled 21.30 lakh votes.
However, local body elections are dominated by local issues. More than the party’s intervention, it is the strong local candidate who helps the party win the election. Whatever may be the election most of the people vie for the tickets from main parties, especially the ruling party. If they don’t get tickets from the ruling party, they focus on the main opposition party. If they don’t get the tickets even there, they can enter the fray as independents. However, this time BJP Jana Sena as the third alternative offer a chance to the candidates. If the strong candidates approach the third alternative in the event of not getting tickets from ruling YSRCP and main opposition TDP, the election may turn out to be interesting in few places. Candidates will be pinning their hopes on BJP-Jana Sena. It remains to be seen as to how many candidates will be approaching them. If BJP Jana Sena, as a strategy, declare their support to candidates who could not get tickets from the main parties then they may have the chances to bag a few seats. These parties can have a chance to prove their existence in 2024 general elections only if they strengthen themselves at the grass-root level. It remains to be seen if the alliance partner do wonders or fall flat like in the past.