Naidu finally settles for simultaneous elections
TDP chief and former chief minister Chandrababu Naidu is feeling uncomfortable to be out of power. Though it was not the first time that he is in opposition, this time he is not able to digest his defeat, particularly in the hands of youngest leader Jaganmohan Reddy.
It is not the defeat that pains Naidu these days but the victory of Jaganmohan Reddy which is causing him more agony. It is not just Naidu who has this sort of discomfort of defeated by Jaganmohan Reddy. There are hundreds of leaders in the TDP and even a few thousands of cadre associated with the party who are not happy with Jaganmohan Reddy occupying the office of the Chief Minister.
Chandrababu Naidu and his supporters have felt that Andhra Pradesh with Amaravati as its capital belonged to them and Jaganmohan Reddy had encroached it. This is what most of the TDP leaders and sympathisers believe and strongly feel as indicated by their statements and writings in the media.
First, immediately after the results in May 2019, they said that Jaganmohan Reddy would run away from administration as he is inexperienced and the state has a lot of things to be done. Then they said Jaganmohan Reddy will fail and exit as he can’t manage or pool up finances of the state. Neither of these two happened and Jaganmohan Reddy continued to occupy the CMO, much to the TDP’s chagrin.
Four months have gone and then they said the BJP at the Centre would engineer a split in Jaganmohan Reddy’s YSR Congress Party. It did not happen and the BJP seemed uninterested in displacing Jaganmohan Reddy or engineering split in the YSR Congress.
Six months later, they came up with a new argument that the CBI court would fasten the hearing and complete it by sentencing Jaganmohan Reddy to jail. Once he is in the jail, the party would split with family members fighting for the top post.
It is almost one-and-a-half years now for Jaganmohan Reddy to be in office and finally the TDP is pinning hopes on the simultaneous elections to Parliament and Assembly in 2022. Simultaneous elections would bring an abrupt end to Jaganmohan Reddy’s five-year tenure. Jaganmohan Reddy would thus end his first term in just two years or two-and-a-half years!
Chandrababu Naidu had told his rank and file to be prepared for simultaneous elections in 2022 and bring the party back to power in the elections!
Hope is the best thing that keeps one go on and that’s what gives a new lease of life to the TDP which had tasted humiliating defeat in 2019 general elections and faces the threat of extinct!