Hyderabad: The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leadership is facing a peculiar situation in Andhra Pradesh. Due to recent troubles between the TDP and ruling YSR Congress Party (YSRCP), the former’s cadre wants the leadership to take a more aggressive stance, while senior leaders do not want to do that yet, as it has been just few month since the 2019 state and Lok Sabha elections concluded.
A senior TDP leader, who did not want to be quoted, said the party leadership was a little apprehensive of taking to the streets, given that they will not be able to sustain activities for the next four years till the next elections. “Many party workers have also taken to social media over the last month to voice their unhappiness with our leader Chandrababu Naidu," he added.
Earlier this month, Naidu and his son, Nara Lokesh, who is also TDP general secretary, were put under house arrest for a day after the party called for ‘Chalo Atmakur’, in the Palnadu region covering parts of Guntur and Prakasam districts, to protest alleged attacks on TDP workers by the ruling YSRCP.
In retaliation, the YSR Congress Party also announced a rally, resulting in a clampdown by the Andhra police and arrest of workers of both parties.
Currently, the YSRCP is very-well placed in AP, having won 151 assembly seats and 22 Lok Sabha constituencies in the 2019 state and general elections. The TDP saw its worst performance, winning just 23 assembly seats and three Lok Sabha seats. Since elections concluded, the TDP has alleged that its workers were being attacked by the YSRCP, a charge which the latter has denied.
“Even if our workers want us to hit the streets, it will be tough to sustain it, given that we still have 4 years or more to go for the next elections. The cadre is basically unhappy with Naidu and other senior leaders. Moreover, the death of our senior leader Kodela Siva Prasad Rao (on 16 September in Hyderabad) has also left many happy," added the TDP leader. Moreover, it may also be recalled that four Rajya Sabha TDP MPs also recently defected to the Bharatiya Janata Party.
Political analyst Palwai Raghavendra Reddy, however, said the TDP’s cadre should have patience, as the new YSRCP government, led by chief minister Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, will take time to settle in. “They have to allow Jagan to get into the groove. It will take some time for the opposition to react and Naidu is the only leader in the TDP as of now. So they need to wait and give him some time as well," he added.