Move The Pieces
After 484 days in jail, YSR Congress leader Jaganmohan Reddy walked out of jail, adding one more twist to politics in Andhra Pradesh. The top contender for the CM’s post in the 2014 polls, he cooled his heels in Chanchalguda jail for 16 months in an illegal assets case, but is now back in business. As soon as Jagan came out of jail, Congress spokesperson P.C. Chacko hinted unsubtly at a post-poll alliance, “Whether one is in jail or outside, whether one is hostile or friendly, one will have to support the Congress rather than the BJP after elections.”
The Congress—in turmoil over the Telangana issue as intense agitations continue in Rayalaseema and the coastal region—lives in conflicted hope. As does everybody else. Telugu Desam president Chandrababu Naidu has been exercising his networking skills in Delhi, meeting various national leaders. His meeting with BJP president Rajnath Singh, however, is of special significance. A smiling Rajnath apparently told Naidu, “We need to work closely in the coming six months before the elections.”
Naidu, who stormed out of the National Integration Council meet when he was not allowed to raise the Seemandhra issue, used to shun all talk of an alliance with a “communal bjp”. But that was before Jagan’s release. Narendra Modi praising the late N.T. Rama Rao and the TDP at his Hyderabad rally made rapprochement a little easier. Naidu’s brother-in-law, actor Balakrishna, also paid Modi a visit.
Both the TDP and BJP have been quick to slam the bail to Jagan, saying it was match-fixing between Congress and the YSRC. BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman says the CBI, under pressure from the Congress, had put up little defence on the bail and was suddenly saying it had no evidence of quid pro quo in eight of the 10 chargesheets.
The Congress’s decision on the vexed Telangana statehood made Jagan a natural leader of the ‘United Andhra’ camp. Of the 25 seats in Seemandhra, the YSR Congress is expecting a sweep of at least 18 while the TRS is hoping for a positive wave in its favour in at least 10 LS seats in Telangana. Perhaps why the BJP option looks more rosy now for the TDP. “Most Muslim and Christian votes are also going Jagan’s way, so there is no need for the TDP to put up this image of a secular front,” says a TDP leader from Vijayawada.
But not everyone, even in the BJP, is keen on them. Party leaders in Telangana fear it will be political suicide if the NDA takes the TDP’s support for a few seats. BJP MLA from Amberpet Kishen Reddy predicts that “the Telugu Desam will be a zero in Telangana and a zero in Seemandhra. Why should the BJP align with a losing party?” he asks.
During a media interaction just before he continued his bus yatra, Naidu told Outlook that the development in Gujarat was indeed commendable and on the same lines as his dreams for Andhra. But he fought shy of making a direct announcement. Political scientist Prof G. Haragopal says Naidu is clearly not willing to let go of the TDP’s hold in Telangana. “The TDP cadre base in Telangana is still strong and unlike Jagan who does not have much to lose there, Naidu does. Yet at heart, he wants a united Andhra Pradesh. This is causing all the confusion. Therefore, if Naidu wants any kind of political future, he needs to make a pitch at the national level,” he says.
Meanwhile, there are other developments. Like the TRS, which had once called Jagan “the most corrupt politician in India”, now describing YSR Jr as a determined leader who had withstood difficulties in his political journey, the last comment coming straight from TRS chief K. Chandrasekhara Rao himself. KCR even predicted that Jagan will bag 140 assembly seats in Andhra and Rayalaseema in the 2014 elections.
The YSRC is possibly looking at stitching up as many alliances as possible, the latest target being APNGOS (Andhra Pradesh Non-gazetted officers) leader P. Ashok Babu, who is spearheading the Seemandhra agitation. If Jagan ropes him in and engineers further defections in the TDP, then Naidu will have to give up hope of any immediate resurgence in Seemandhra. Looks like his best hope now lies in foe-turned-friend BJP and Modi.
BIFURCATING ANDHRAPRADESH LEADS TO CHAOS IN BOTH REGIONS ANDHRA PRADES PROJECTS ARE ALL IN TELANGANA AND LEADERS LIKE KCR ARE PROVOKING PEOPLE OF ANDHRA
Andhrapradesh formed because of Telangana elite people who requested the peole of Rayalaseema and Coastaandhra to merge the then Andhra wth Telangana and as a sacrifice the then Chiefeminister of Hyderabad state Sri Burgula ramakishna gaveup his Chiefeminister post to unite Telugu speaking people and Rayalaseema sacrificed the Capital Nellore and valuable mineral rich provinces like Ballari to Karnataka.
Had it been the capital it wouldhave been developed a lot in par with Madras but we lost our Capital for Hyderabad.Again we agitated for separate Andhra in 1972, but the then Primeminister Sm.Indiragandhi denied in the means of Unity and Integrity of the Country.Then afterwards thinking Hydeaad he permanent Capital almost all resorces are diverted to Hyderabad for its development as an Inernational City and now how can we scarify the capital onceagain ,it will spoil the future of the young generations of both Rayaaseema and Andhra.So called leaders were sefish and they wanted to be benefitted themselves by bifurcating Anhrapradsh,they never realised the problems of these two regions after bifurcation, all that they thought of getting some MP seats in Telangana.
The congress party never said in any of the public meetins in Andhra region that Andhrapradesh wil be bifurcated. The BJP said one vote and two states in 1999 elections and peole rejected the Party.In 2004 elections and 2009 elections Mrs.Sonia Gandh and MR.Rahul Gandi never spoke about biucation in their meetings in Andhra region and also in the Manifesto they promised for2nd SRC.
So ,how they can divide Andhrapradesh all of a sudden,indeed they must seek public openion.
Further it is KCR alone who formed a separatist paty and trained some peope in the lines of Extremist Ideology and agitated for separate TELANGANA.Even then he was unable to secure people mandate in the 2004 and 2009 general elections .That means people of TELANGANA too favoured united Andhrapradesh.In that two general elecionsTRS won only some 20 and 10 assembly seats out of 114 assembly seats and 2 MP seats out of 17 MP seats in TEANGANA region. Keeping in view of all these facts the CENTRAL GOVT. Must keep Andhrapradesh united and can give some special rights to all these three provinces.For this a strong leadership like Smt.INDIRA GANDHI is needed .Letus hope that in MrNarendaMODI.
Whereas the samaikyandhra movement in AP is spontaneous and without the leaders.People from all walks of life spontaneously giving call forbandh, it is the movement in almost all parts of AP,mahilas,children,workers,govt.emloyees,private employees are taking part in this movement.
Govt. Must act according to the people’s wish else have to face the ire.As there are no leaders it may take any turn.
Govt. Can go for bifurcation of AP ,but only after developing atleast one town in each zone at par with Hyderabad. Already AP is divided into six zones, sixth zone is Hyderabad. So, if a city in each zone is developed at par with Hyderabad, then the students, employees and to that extent all sections of people will remain calm and hence there will be no resistance in the way of bifurcation. For this a strong leader with iron determination is required, Dr.Rajasekharreddy was one such leader, but we lost him. So till then the government can announce bifurcation but can implement it after ten years or after the developmental activities once compleated.The leader at the centre must not yeald to any power tactics or pressure or sympathy ,because its the matter Nations Unity and Integrity.
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