Shah’s Tirupati Diplomacy ahead of Bypoll?

The by-election for Tirupati Loksabha constituency is still a suspense for now. Despite dates not being announced by the Election Commission, there are rumours that the BJP is well aware of the date announcement. 
In this backdrop, BJP’s National President and Union Home Minister Amit Shah has confirmed his Tirupati visit on March 4th. His visit comes close on the heels of the by-poll which is set to be a crucial stepping stone for the BJP in Andhra Pradesh. 
However, the main purpose of Amit Shah’s visit is a different one. A meeting with Chief Ministers of South Indian states is scheduled on the same day. In this meeting, the water sharing row pertaining to the five south states will be discussed. From CMs to Chief Secretaries and irrigation officials, all the government bigwigs are expected to be at the meeting. 
The next day, however, is purely to focus on the Tirupati by poll strategy and guide AP BJP unit leaders on how to create a clever strategy to win the temple town-constituency. It is a well-known fact that BJP’s local ally, Jana Sena Party, has been asked not to contest the by-election. 
It remains to be seen how BJP will up its game closer to the Tirupati by-poll and once again divert the political narrative onto religious propaganda. 

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