25-04-201925-04-2019 17:15:15 IST
2019-04-25T11:45:15.498Z25-04-2019 2019-04-25T11:45:00.413Z - - 09-04-2020
Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu who is a friend turned foe of PM Modi and Bharatiya Janata party is turning crucial in organising the anti-BJP coalition.
Babu is all set to campaign in other states and recently he did the same in Karnataka. Political analysts say that he is eyeing a bigger role at the centre as he is confident of NDA losing power.
Babu's TDP exited the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government last year in March over lack of funds provided to Ap by the centre. Since then he turned active in the campaign against Modi. Farooq Abdullah of Jammu and Kashmir, MK Stalin in Tamilnadu have accepted CM Naidu. However, Mayavati is still neutral and Mamata Banerjee was just cordial to his initiatives for a national level alliance, according to a TDP leader who responded anonymously.
TDP cadre's view is that Naidu doesn't seek PM's post in case of loss for BJP at the centre. He instead seeks a coordinating role like he has done in the past as the convener of UF government at the centre. In February, CM Naidu arranged a day-long protest in New Delhi against BJP and PM Modi. He transported attendees to the meeting in two special trains. However, it depends on how many seats his party will win in the 25 Loksabha seats in Andhra Pradesh. In 2014, TDP won 15 seats in alliance with BJP. This time in the absence of any alliance, his opponents say that the number will decrease, but CM is expressing confidence that he wins on a positive vote.
However, the word of the mouth in AP is that TDP is facing a tough challenge from the YSR Congress Party. Poll analysts say that the YSRCP will sweep the state. If that is the case, it is to be seen what Naidu can play at the centre.
According to Palvai Raghavendra Reddy, a political analyst, Naidu's fate is sealed and he has to wait till the results are out. He is making allegations against Election Commission regarding EVMs, he said. He explained those allegations as Naidu's background that suits him after the results.
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