The ruling Telugu Desam Party is getting ready for a massive show of strength on April 30 at Tirupati. The meeting is proposed to counter Prime Minister Narendra Modi who had promised special category status for the State on the same day at the same venue in 2014 as prime minister candidate then. The TDP is now planning to use the occasion after four years to recall what Narendra Modi had said then and what he had done in the last four years.
The party leaders are making arrangements for the proposed meeting with two ministers Amarnath Reddy and Atchannaidu camping there. The meeting is being organised by the TDP and not the government unlike the Dharma Porata Deeksha that Chandrababu Naidu had observed on April 20 in Vijayawada where he sat in fast for 12 hours to protest against denial of the special category status to the state by the BJP leadership. The fast was orgnaised by the State government spending around Rs 30 crore in terms of mobilisation of people and arrangements at the venue.
Now, the Dharma Porata Sabha, as it is being called, would be a TDP show where the Chief Minister wants to play the entire speech of Narendra Modi on April 30, 2014. The speech has the translation of M Venkaiah Naidu who is now the Vice-President.
The TDP is taking the betrayal by the BJP to the maximum extent and get sympathy from the people for not having done much in the last four years as promised in the elections. Ahead of the next elections, the TDP wants to point an accusing finger at the BJP for betrayal and the YSR Congress for its conspiracy. Chandrababu Naidu wants to project both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Opposition leader Jagan Mohan Reddy as villains and try for sympathy from the voters.
This was expected long time ago. In 2014, the TDP chief had the major issue of unjust bifurcation on one side and the Rs 1 lakh crore corruption charge against Jagan Mohan Reddy on the other for his campaign. He rode to victory with the twin issues besides the image of Modi and Pawan Kalyan. Now, after four years, Chandrababu Naidu wants the two issues – betrayal of Modi and conspiracy of Jagan Mohan Reddy against the State. This time, he says the conspiracy is against the State and not the TDP.
The April 30 meeting is set to be the first election meeting of Chandrababu Naidu and it is to be seen how far he would take the issues to get the political benefit.