The TDP–Jana Sena alliance in Telangana seems to be facing hurdles as the TDP contemplates supporting the Congress against the BRS. While the TDP and Jana Sena have a successful alliance in Andhra Pradesh, where they are jointly contesting on a common manifesto, the dynamics are different in Telangana.
The Jana Sena, in alliance with the BJP in both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, is fielding eight candidates in the Telangana Assembly elections. However, reports suggest that the TDP is not keen on supporting its ally, the Jana Sena, in Telangana. Instead, the TDP is rumored to be leaning towards supporting the Congress against the BRS.
The TDP’s apparent change in stance can be attributed to its strained relations with the BRS and the BJP, especially after the arrest of TDP supremo N. Chandrababu Naidu. The TDP believes that the BJP, in alliance with the BRS, played a role in Naidu’s arrest, further souring their relations.
Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao’s amicable ties with Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy have also contributed to the TDP’s hostility towards the BRS. In this scenario, the TDP sees supporting the Congress as a strategy to counter the BRS in Telangana.
The TDP’s decision not to contest in Telangana aims to bolster the Congress’s chances against the BRS, considering the TDP views both the BRS and the BJP as rivals. The TDP’s strategic move is driven by the belief that the Jana Sena’s chances of winning seats in Telangana are slim, and contesting may lead to a division of anti-BRS votes.
Interestingly, the TDP’s support for the Congress in Telangana does not translate into an alliance in Andhra Pradesh, as the people of Andhra Pradesh still harbor resentment towards the Congress for the bifurcation of United Andhra Pradesh. The TDP–Jana Sena alliance’s focus appears to prioritize success in the Andhra Pradesh Assembly elections over Telangana.
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