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Why BJP’s next target is Andhra Pradesh

Bolstered by its success in the by-elections to Dubbak assembly seat and impressive show in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation elections in Telangana, the Bharatiya Janata Party now has set its eyes on neighbouring Andhra Pradesh.
 
The state executive committee meeting of the BJP held at Tirupati over the weekend set the tone for a frontal attack on the YSR Congress Party government in Andhra Pradesh led by the YSRCP. 
 
Senior BJP leader and Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh, who interacted virtually with party karyakartas said: “We shall form the next government in Andhra Pradesh. The present YSRCP government has completely ruined the state’s economy and development has come to a grinding halt.”
 
The temple town was chosen as the venue for the state executive committee meeting, keeping in mind the by-elections to Tirupati Lok Sabha seat, which has fallen vacant due to the sudden demise of YSRCP MP Balli Durgaprasada Rao due to Covid-19.
 
The BJP has been consistently raising the issues concerning the Tirumala temple, including attempts to dispose of temple properties and diversion of TTD funds for other activities, etc.
 
Raman Singh alleged that the YSRCP government had been hijacking the centrally funded schemes and claiming them as its own. He lashed out at the YSRCP for blaming it on the Centre for non-completion of projects like Polavaram, besides raking up non-issues like special category status to AP.
 
The state executive committee of the BJP discussed the strategy to be adopted by the party in the by-elections to Tirupati seat. The party also organised a Shobha Yatra in Tirupati town to put up a big show.
 
Over the last few years, the BJP has had an alliance with the TDP every time it contested in the elections. Now, it is targeting an independent contest. Given that the BJP High Command can make the YSRCP dance to its tunes due to money laundering cases of Chief Minister Jagan, it sees a clear chance to bully its ally (YSRCP) and get what it aims for. 
 
Going by this, it is clear that the BJP believes there is a political vacuum in Andhra Pradesh due to weakening of the Telugu Desam Party. And, it strongly believes that the BJP could easily fill it and emerge as a potential force by 2024.

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