Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh could be heading for a reunion of opposition parties. A meeting between BJP’s national working president J P Nadda and JanaSena Party chief Pawan Kalyan in Delhi on Monday has sent out feelers that the JSP is trying to stitch an alliance of non-YSRCP parties in the state. The JSP chief apparently was the emissary of TDP boss Chandrababu Naidu who is once again keen to join hands with the BJP.
Sources said Pawan Kalyan first tried to get an appointment with Home Minister Amit Shah. After he couldn’t succeed despite best efforts, he secured Nadda’s time. He met with RSS leader and Bangalore South MP Lakya Suryanarayana Tejasvi, popularly known as Tejasvi Surya, last week in the Karnataka capital. Pawan Kalyan then lobbied through Tejasvi for his meeting with Nadda.
Pawan Kalyan has reportedly conveyed the message of Naidu to Nadda that there is an urgent need for the reunion of opposition parties in Andhra Pradesh to prevent the ruling YSRCP from taking aggressive decisions.
The JSP chief is believed to have informed Nadda that unless there is no unity among the opposition parties in the state, YSRCP will go ahead with its three-capital formula, which may hinder AP’s development. Naidu also reportedly wanted to convey to the BJP top brass that an alliance between BJP, JSP and TDP was essential before the local body elections. In 2019 elections, JSP got 6.78 per cent of votes, while the BJP’s vote share was 0.84 per cent.
Naidu’s meeting with RSS deputy chief in Nagpur last month didn’t yield any positive result. Sangh bosses reportedly told him that at this juncture Narendra Modi and Amit Shah are not ready to join hands with the TDP.
Sources said a disappointed Naidu returned, initiated a dialogue with Pawan Kalyan, and asked him to act as a bridge between the BJP and TDP. Since then, Pawan Kalyan has started touring the capital villages and tried to garner the support of the farmers in and around Amaravati. Naidu has also extended his support to Pawan Kalyan’s tour of the capital region
“Naidu has a thorough understanding about AP politics and also knows that without BJP, he can’t prosper in any election in the state independently,” a senior TDP leader told NewsMeter.
Sources in YSRCP said the party has been watching the developments and accordingly planning its strategies for the coming local bodies elections.