Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy has concluded his scheduled meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi today amidst rumours of YSRCP joining the BJP-led NDA government at the centre.
According to the grapevine, the YSRCP is likely to get at least 2 Union Minister posts and one Minister of State in the union cabinet. Accordingly, the CM had deliberated with Modi on the modalities in this regard. The rumour has gained credence with CM Jagan meeting the PM in a short span of 2 weeks in succession who confided for 40 minutes today.
It has been rumoured from quite some time now that BJP has been playing ‘Shikhandi’ role in AP Politics despite the fact that it has got strong ground to emerge politically in view of the ongoing 3-capital issue. However, it appears that BJP has left the capital issue to be decided by courts while focusing on its top priority to target the opposition Telugu Desam in the state as it considers a major threat from TD than the ruling YSRCP. The Delhi bigwigs are of the opinion that handling YSRCP is far easier than TDP as the host of CBI cases dangling on the head of ruling party chief.
In view of the above, there seems to be a two-pronged strategy being adopted by BJP in Andhra Pradesh. A serious look into this may appear to boomerang if YSRCP joins NDA government. In fact, BJP will not gain anything from this move as it was proved futile during the last tenure of TDP. And the history may repeat this time as well, in case once any of the two key pending judgements comes adversely either in the 3 capital issue or in the pending CBI cases against the Chief Minister, BJP will be blamed for harbouring wrong people for wrong reasons.
However, assuming that even if the judgements come in favour of the ruling party, BJP will again be blamed for pulling strings to save his coalition partner. So, either way, it is the BJP that loses in the end and the YSRCP that gains in the end. Ultimately, whether TDP or YSRCP both has an invisible mantra – The Special Status – in store for them to handle the Centre.