What is the impact of the Chandrababu Naidu-Pawan Kalyan pact on YSRC?
The proposed alliance between the Telugu Desam party led by former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and the Jana Sena party led by power star Pawan Kalyan has sparked a big political debate in the state.
The alliance between the TDP and Jana Sena has yet to be formalized and is now limited to indirect hints from Naidu and Pawan, who have called for a unity of like-minded forces to prevent the anti-incumbent votes from splitting. .
Naidu stepped forward and said his party was ready to make sacrifices for the unity of opposition forces for the sole purpose of overthrowing the government of Jagan Mohan Reddy.
In no time, there was a strong reaction from the YSR Congress Party.
From top party leaders like Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy and V Vijay Sai Reddy to ministers like G Amarnath and Ambati Rambabu to lower party leaders started talking about the TDP-Jana Sena alliance.
They try to emphasize that Naidu cannot fight the election alone and is desperately trying to ally himself with Jana Sena. And Pawan Kalyan, too, is desperate to make Chandrababu Naidu the next chief minister.
In a broader view, it might seem that the YSRC leaders are trying to expose the weakness of the TDP and Jana Sena and the strength of their party. But analysts say it’s also possible people see it as a weakness of the YSRC.
“The alliance between the TDP and Jana Sena is purely their problem. What is the significance for the YSRC? As long as it has the support of the people and the Jagan government is banking on its welfare program, the number of these alliances shouldn’t matter much to the ruling party,” one analyst observed.
He said Jagan Mohan Reddy should focus entirely on bringing his welfare programs to the people’s doorstep, rectify any mistakes in the process and gain the trust of the people.
“Instead, if he and his party leaders harass opposition party alliances too much, it can give the impression that they are only amplifying the strength of the opposition and worrying about it,” did he declare.
In fact, the YSRC doesn’t have much to worry about with the TDP-Jana Sena alliance.
“This is not the first time that a party has formed alliances with another party. This happens across the country before every election. Thus, Jagan should focus more on consolidating his vote bank, rather than worrying about consolidating the anti-establishment vote,” the analyst added.
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