If elections are held now in Andhra Pradesh, YSR Congress Party will get majority, says former MP Undavalli Arun Kumar. According to his analysis the anti-incumbency factor against Telugu Desam Party has strengthened over last four years. He believes that if elections are held immediately the fight will be between YSRCP and TDP. Undavalli says Pawan Kalyan’s Jana Sena is not fully present in the state. According to him it remains to be seen how Jana Sena emerges in coming days. The former MP recalled that in the last elections all said that YSRCP will come to power but after the counting began the party started trailing.
On the debate held on no-confidence motion in Lok Sabha, Undavalli opined that TDP MPs should have been more effective. He recalled that it was during the debate on AP Reorganisation Bill that the cameras installed in Parliament for the live telecast of the proceedings, were switched off for the first time. After the bill was passed, the cameras started working and this made it clear that the proceeding conducted inside was unconstitutional. When the speaker announced that there will be no division, there was no need to shut the doors but the doors were closed. Undavalli said while he was not against formation of Telangana State he was fighting over the undemocratic style in which the proceeding was conducted in Parliament.
He wanted to know from TDP as to why it failed to take the government to task and did not show courage to ensure that the discussion continued over the manner in which the bifurcation was carried out. He feels that TDP failed to make it as the main point and instead of using Prime Minister Modi’s remark on bifurcation to put both BJP and Congress on mat, it became defensive. Undavalli believes that there are still opportunities for the TDP and it could use question hour, privilege motion and other methods to attack Modi government.
He said the remarks made by Venkaiah Naidu in Rajya Sabha shows that what government wants is happening in Parliament and now debate in the parliamentary system appears a waste. He warned that if the injustice done to the state is not analysed in detail and the same is not put before the country, there is a danger of Andhra Pradesh being considered insignificant. If this happens no matter which party comes to power at the Centre, nobody will bother about our welfare, he said. Arun Kumar reiterated that the day when Andhra Pradesh was divided is a dark day in the history of parliamentary democracy.