Fearing the possibility of a mid-term poll, Naidu is contemplating calling off the second phase of his padayatra, scheduled for June-Sept next year.
Threat of a mid-term elections is becoming real, it seems. The TDP, that had launched a marathon padayatra is all set to wind up its second leg of the campaign, fearing a mid-term poll, sources close to the party told Postnoon today.
The TDP supremo Chandrababu Naidu planned to cover 16 of the 23 districts of AP including seven of Telangana by January next. The remaining seven districts including three in Telangana were to be covered by September 2013. However, the plan now is to suspend the padayatra after the first leg for three reasons: budget session in February, local body elections and political uncertainty. “Yes, we are yet to decide on the second phase. Initially, we had decided to undertake the second phase during the next monsoon (June-September).
“But, we may not able to hold it as we are expecting drastic political changes in the State.
The threat of a mid-term election is also looming large,” TDP senior leader E Peddi Reddy said.
Another senior leader of the party and MLA Jaipal Yadav also said that the party is yet to chalk out the schedule of the second leg of the yatra. “We don’t know what will happen with the second phase. As of now, the entire party machinery has put its focus on the ongoing padayatra to make it a huge success,” he said.
It may be emphasised here that when the decision to undertake the padayatra was made by the party president, it was decided to cover all 23 districts of the State in a phased manner. According to this plan, a total 16 districts were chosen to be covered in the first leg of the yatra and seven districts in the second phase.