TDP chief Mr. Chandra Babu Naidu is on a 2000km Padayatra in Andhra Pradesh.
The 2009 elections were a shocker for TDP. Congress again won not with huge margin but with enough to keep the power away from TDP. This was a mandate from confused voters who had too many choices. There was Chiranjeevi with his Prajarajyam party. There was JayaPrakash Narayan with his Loksatta promising a corruption free state. Though these parties did not get enough seats they were successful in dividing the votes. And TDP was the main loser.
2009 election was a mandate from people who were looking for alternatives to Congress and TDP. Drought and neglect of agriculture during CBN’s tenure did not do any good to TDP. Prajarajyam party won some seats in Andhra and Rayalaseema regions. TRS party won few in Telangana. Loksatta took votes from the educated white-collar citi-zens. Congress had its rural vote due to its popular Aarogyasri and 100 day employment schemes. Finally Congress came victorious.
DIVIDE AND RULE
2009 elections was the testing ground for reuse of Divide and Rule policy. It worked and what followed is systematic division of state on regional, caste and religious lines. Jagan’s new party, always hot Telangana issue or trouble in Old Hyderabad is keeping the limelight away from basic needs and development. The death of YS Rajashekar Reddy aggravated the problem. Chiranjeevi’s party merging with Congress highlights the purpose of its formation.
Rhetoric of the new parties or TRS is only anti TDP. TDP was not in power during 2009 elections. But still all the parties were contesting elections as if they were against only TDP. This highlights the strategy of eliminating the only strong opposition in Andhra Pradesh. Jagan’s Party has grown in Andhra and Rayalaseema regions further eating into the support base of TDP. TRS only asks TDP about its opinion on Telangana. The ruling party cleverly showed itself divided while they collectively support the goverment in State and at the Center.
I do not know how useful CBN’s padayathra would be for TDP. It was interesting to see Jagan’s sister taking up another padayathra at the same time in support of her brother. May be it was to weaken CBN’s walkathon. Even the rural population is pampered by the freebies given by the government. In present condition when people are preferring to be identified by regional, caste, religious divisions despite no development, TDP has to approach the 2014 elections differently. It has to diversify its cadre by encouraging young leaders who are willing to bring about a change similar to what Late NTR did.
Andhra Pradesh is down in all parameters. it is now a play ground of all the foolish people among us. Its time for a change. We the people of AP state have to channel the anguish of certain sections of the people into a political movement. Whether we stay united or part ways, whether we develop or go bankrupt it should be on our terms, not on some outside dictations…