New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Get together (BJP), which has set the formidable goal of increasing its footprint in Andhra Pradesh, finds itself in a predicament as its state unit has conveyed the message of a management disaster and underlined the dearth of help for the social gathering from politically dominant castes.
Individuals conscious of the main points stated the central management has been briefed in regards to the challenges the BJP will face within the meeting elections subsequent yr within the absence of leaders from the dominant castes that wield clout within the state, the place its vote share is dismal.
“At current there’s a devoted vote financial institution for the regional events, whether or not it’s the Telugu Desam Get together (TDP) or the YSR Congress Get together (YSRCP). The BJP is counting on the recognition of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and on help from Pawan Kalyan’s Jana Sena Get together. It wants to search out help among the many dominant communities and appeal to faces that may pull votes,” stated a senior social gathering functionary, requesting anonymity.
A bit of Andhra Pradesh unit leaders has additionally broached the topic of changing the incumbent state chief Somu Veeraju, citing intra-party distinction and lack of standard help for him, the functionary stated.
“If the social gathering has to pitch itself in its place, then there must be leaders on the bottom who can draw crowds and instill confidence within the voters. As an opposition, we’ve not been capable of increase essential points, comparable to folks being disadvantaged of free ration from the Centre and homes underneath the PM Awas Yojana,” the functionary added.
In September final yr, the BJP carried out public conferences at 5,000 locations unfold throughout all 26 districts within the state and intensified the membership drive. At current, the BJP doesn’t have a single legislator within the 175-member meeting whereas its vote share within the earlier meeting elections was lower than 1%. The social gathering additionally didn’t win any of the 25 Lok Sabha seats within the 2019 basic elections.
The BJP needs to carve out an area for itself with out counting on allies. Prior to now, the TDP was an ally of the BJP and was a part of the Nationwide Democratic Alliance (NDA). In 2018, the N Chandrababu Naidu-led TDP broke ties with the BJP and introduced its exit from the NDA. The BJP management has dominated out the potential for an alliance with the TDP once more.
“The BJP must create a vote financial institution of its personal. Although the central authorities’s insurance policies give attention to empowerment of the Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST) and Different Backward Courses (OBCs), within the state, the OBCs are divided between the YSRCP and the TDP,” stated the functionary.
“There’s a feeling that the Kammas — constituting about 6% of the citizens — are completely with the TDP and Reddys (8%) are with the Congress and the YSRCP. Each these communities are highly effective, entrepreneurial and have the power to sway others due to their affect. We’ve got to search out methods of bringing these two collectively (with us),” the functionary added.
The BJP can be vying with the regional satraps for successful the help of the politically dominant Kapus which can be about 15% of the citizens. “A bit of Kapus is with the Jana Sena, so the BJP is relying on them. Whereas we’ve representatives from all of those communities, we have to do extra,” the functionary stated.
A second chief stated the social gathering has been making an attempt to woo the Kapus by citing the problem of reservation for them. The BJP has blamed the TDP and the YSRCP for not making certain reservation for the neighborhood by bringing it into the ambit of backward castes.