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AP BJP wants to contest 20 seats


The AP unit of the BJP is planning to contest 20 Assembly seats in the coming general election. The party is serious about these 20 seats where the party wants to have them if there would be any alliance.

The party would contest all the 175 Assembly seats. But will focus more on these 20 seats, a senior leader of the party said. He further said that the party had sent a report to the party national leadership suggesting that the party take these 20 seats if there is any alliance.

The state leadership proposed four seats in Guntur district, three in East Godavari district, two each in Krishna, Nellore, West Godavari and Chittoor, one each in Kadapa, Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Prakasam and Anantapur districts.

The party leadership in the state is serious on going for alliance with the TDP. A good number of the leaders led by its president Daggubati Purandheswari are in favour of having electoral tie-up in the state with the TDP. They are very sympathetic to the TDP, and they speak whatever the TDP speaks.

However, the party’s national leadership is giving different voices. The party had not decided yet on the alliance. TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu went to Delhi and held talks with BJP senior leader and Union Home Minister Amit Shah. It was about the party alliance but none of the leaders spoke about what went on between the two leaders.

Sources say that Amit Shah had asked for 35 Assembly seats and five Parliament seats in alliance with the TDP. Shah had reportedly told Chandrababu Naidu that the TDP should be prepared to give these seats to the BJP if they wanted the alliance to go.

While welcoming Chandrababu Naidu into the NDA, Amit Shah wanted the TDP leadership to be prepared for sacrifices. The TDP has to make up its mind to give those many seats to the BJP and it is to be seen if the TDP would give them for the tie-up.

Meanwhile, BJP State unit vice-president S Vishnuvardhan Reddy said that the Congress leaders have borrowed a failure leader from Telangana to head their AP unit. He said that the party had no eligible leaders in Andhra Pradesh to head the party. He wanted the APCC to make an appeal to the Telangana Congress leadership to withdraw the cases filed against sharing of the Krishna and Godavari river waters with Andhra Pradesh.

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Will BJP’s Dec 28 meet be a game-changer in AP?


It appears the BJP in Andhra Pradesh is slowly taking determined steps to emerge as a credible player for 2024 elections. The party now feels that it stands a chance in AP politics as the TDP is getting gradually weakened. With Pawan Kalyan proving to be a non-starter, the BJP feels that it is time for the party to go aggressive in AP.

To herald the changed attitude, the party is planning a public meeting in Vijayawada on December 28. The meeting would be attended by the top leadership of the party and they would provide guidance to the state unit to emerge as a credible political force in the state of Andhra Pradesh. The party is making all-out arrangements to ensure that the meeting is a success.

As a preparatory to the public meeting, the BJP has also signaled that it would maintain equi-distance from both the TDP as well as the YSRCP. Till now, the BJP went soft on the YSRCP, while going hammer and tongs on the TDP. Recent visit of Amit Shah to Tirupati has changed it all. He has categorically told the party leaders and cadres that the YSRCP was no friend of the BJP.

The party is going to adopt the three-pronged strategy of Operation Akarsh, equidistance and agitational programmes for Andhra Pradesh. But, will the AP voters forgive the BJP for its acts of omission and commission ?  Will the voter embrace the BJP? Will it be able to create an impact all alone without any credible alliances? Let’s wait and see how things pan out.

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