In a clear indication of souring honeymoon between TDP-BJP, senior BJP leader Kavuri Sambasiva Rao has said the saffron party would get more seats than TDP in 2019 in Andhra Pradesh.
Setting off speculations of souring of BJP-TDP relations, Kavuri said that they would fight over the injustice meted out to people even if they are an ally to TDP. "We will fight on behalf of people," said Kavuri.
Toeing YSRCP chief YS Jagan's line, Kavuri said TDP was encouraging 'rowdy politics' in the state.
The former union minister had joined the BJP before elections. Kavuri's comments assume significance as BJP is part of the Chandrababu ministry and it has two ministries. Similarly, the TDP has one ministerial position in the Central Government.
Is BJP-TDP honeymoon over?
If one goes by BJP chief Amit Shah's utterances during his two-day trip to Hyderabad, the BJP might soon steer clear of the political alliance and part ways with the TDP.
Motivating the cadre in Telangana to strengthen the party base in Telangana, Amit Shah reportedly said " Our party should take the lead and emerge as the main opposition." This statement clearly indicated that BJP leaders should take the lead in the near future and make the party the chief rival to the TRS. This also means that TDP has to be releated to the third position. This could also mean breaking the relationship with the TDP.
Shah exuded confidence that the BJP would come to power in 2019 and he has set the targets for the Telangana BJP unit.
Amith Shah has motivated the village unit chiefs of the party and asked them to strengthen the party at the grassroots level. The party leaders are trying to utilize Amit Shah's visit to mobilise support and win GHMC elections.
Soon after Amit Shah's speech, BJP Telangana state chief Kishan Reddy stepped up his verbal attack on the TRS government indicating that the party will now take the TRS head on and emerge as an alternative to the TRS. Where will the TDP be in the whole scheme of the things?