No political party in Andhra Pradesh faces a catch-22 situation as does the TDP
With the TDP MLA Kodali Nani in the YSRC camp and some more rumoured to be ready to get off the bicycle, it now becomes increasingly clear that the YSRC raids are finding the TDP camp more open to plunder than the ossified Congress camp.
The party that seems set to lose heavily to the night marauders is the TDP, as it finds itself besieged with enemies from all the four directions — its traditional rival, the Congress, its new-found foe the YSRC, its incidental enemy, the TRS, and finally its own Nandamuri family.
TDP’s two-day State level camp on how to win friends and influence people concluded on Tuesday with its chief Chandrababu Naidu tearing his hair in despair. Political observers point out that the Congress having its roots deep in the Deccan plateau, its setback could be corrected without much difficulty, but it is the TDP that was born of the anti-Congress plank which is the sitting duck for predators from across the fence.
K Nageshwar, MLC says Naidu is totally bereft of ideas and has no clue to where the political wind is blowing. Like a gramophone needle stuck in a groove he repeats things ad infinitum and zero in on YS Jagan rather than on the Congress. So say all those who left the party to join Jagan. Die-hard TDP leaders insist Babu will make a comeback.
Buzz is that more than the outsiders, it’s the inside feud that has been damaging the party. The whisperers say Nani’s joining YSRC was a sure sign of the unquiet in the minds of Jr NTR and the Nandamuri family over Naidu’s plan to introduce Lokesh. “He is stuck with the idea that Lokesh and Akhilesh rhyme well and the former is destined to become an Akhilesh of AP. While ‘P’ is common ‘U’ and ‘A’ are poles apart, says a leader who used to be close to the inner circles of NTR Bhavan.
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