While its main rival, the Congress, is still smarting under the electoral blows, the TDP, which too is in a sad shape, however, has taken up the challenge of the 2014 elections seriously. The party has devised a series of steps of which Chandrababu Naidu taking out a ‘cycle yatra’ through the State stands out as a key strategy to popularise its symbol and revive hope.
The party that was born to protect the Telugu Gaurav has been holding detailed analysis of the 18 by-election constituencies where it has drawn a blank. This will culminate in a State-level meeting of the party leaders on Monday and Tuesday.
This time around, the party chief N Chandrababu Naidu, is determined to listen to party leaders on the reasons of the party’s decline.
While he is planning to induct his son Lokesh into active party politics, he would like to know from leaders of each constituency the reasons for the masses losing faith in the party that had stormed the State once and ruled it for nine years.
“Vijayam-2014” (Victory 2014) is the new plank the TDP plans to build and operate. Programmes under this banner are being chalked out, leaders pointed out. “We will recapture the State” is the enthusing mantra being raised.
But the fear of the party leaders and cadres leaving for greener pastures is what worries Babu more than anything else.
The continued incarceration of YSRC leader Jagan Mohan Reddy does not auger well for the party as his mother and working president Vijayamma continues to play on sentiments of the masses.
“When sentiment plays, nothing else will work,” remarked a TDP leader.
Study group formed
The party high command has formed a study group consisting of leaders like Nama Nageswara Rao, M Venkateswara Rao, Dadi Veerabadra Rao and K Srinivasulu to study the reports submitted by party leaders highlighting the reasons for the defeat of the party in the bypoll held seats. The party is also planning to recognise the services of hard working leaders by giving them various positions.
As per this plan, many of the party units in various districts of the state will see appointment of new faces as district presidents. Interestingly, this change will begin from the districts where by elections were held in the last one year. These districts include, Adilabad, Mahbubnagar, Guntur, Nellore, East and West Godavari and Visakhapatnam districts.