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Naidu gives a clarion call

Naidu gives a clarion call
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The path ahead for TDP is not so smooth. Even as Andhra Pradesh is faced with huge financial problems, the NDA government has tightened screws on fund flow after TDP severed ties with it. A plethora of unsolved issues is fuelling anti-incumbency in the State. Add to it, the combined might of BJP, YSRCP and Janasena

The path ahead for TDP is not so smooth. Even as Andhra Pradesh is faced with huge financial problems, the NDA government has tightened screws on fund flow after TDP severed ties with it. A plethora of unsolved issues is fuelling anti-incumbency in the State. Add to it, the combined might of BJP, YSRCP and Janasena is bearing down on it. The crucial Mahanadu seeks for its cadres and leaders morale-boost to take on the opposition, and also answer a restive public.

Naidu focused all his energies on apprising the huge gathering of the meet of the salient features of his four-year governance and how the State prospered under his stewardship. He seemed to allay their doubts and gave a clear indication of the line of attack they need to take, particularly against YSRCP and Pawan Kalyan’s Janasena.

He was honest and did not swerve from the truth about a bitter fight that the party would face from the rivals. Holding the future as a promising one for the youth and speaking of initiatives taken for them would help the party wean the youth away from the opposition, he advocated.

After making the BJP the principal rival, and shrugging off Jagan and Pawan, Naidu needs to bring out new ‘astras’ from his quiver, besides the already identified Special Status and denial of funds issues. Modi’s diversion of Central funds – to the tune of Rs 95,000 crore – to Gujarat is one such.

How BJP is treating Andhra Pradesh with all its contempt would underscore his assault henceforth. The pittance that Amravati got from the Centre would also be made a very big issue, and BJP had better be aware. Of late, one sees Naidu and his company painstakingly making people believe in Centre’s ‘conspiracy’ to create problems for the State and bring a bad name to his party. Toward this end, Mahanadu has given the cadre a clear campaign blueprint.

Normally, resolutions and speeches during Mahanadu focus more on what TDP and its government had done, and the leadership would even come out with a calendar of programmes for the next one year. This time around, the entire focus is on sounding a battle-cry. A clarion call by Naidu to fight to the finish has emboldened the cadre. AP has to be “mukt from BJP” is what the cadre has been driven to abide by. Exposing BJP ‘wrong-doings’ is a primary task before the leaders now. The tone and tenor of Mahanadu this time made it look like a war camp, indeed.

The rank and file has been asked to fan out across the State, hold gram sabhas and drive home messages to the people about how the State is being taken forward by the TDP despite little aid from the Centre for the last four years. In one word, Naidu has given a ‘Dasa Disa’ for the party to brace up to fight off the opposition in the 2019 elections.

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