BJP divided over supporting TRS govt

Published on May 25, 2015 01:58:49 AM

Different voices in the State BJP unit over support to Telangana Rashtra Samithi government has left party Delhi leaders worried, who now feel that the developments could leave the cadre in confusion. There have been two versions among Telangana BJP leaders on the issue of support or opposition to the TRS government led by Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao. While the State leaders have been criticising the government for its policies, the very next day BJP national leaders are coming out in support of the State government programmes.

The cadre is in a dilemma on what to do in the coming days as the party is gearing up itself to face the next challenge of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation elections slated before December. The leaders at the grass root level are confused as to what they should do when their leaders at the State level are making conflicting statements.

One of senior leaders said that State leaders oppose the ‘Pink’ colorization’ of government programmes like Mission Kakatiya, but national leaders, including the lone central minister has been praising it as a good programme.

Telangana BJP president G Kishan Reddy has openly opposed the use of pink coloured articles in Mission Kakatiya and also criticised the government for not inviting other parties to be part of the State government’s prestigious programme. However, Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu has been praising the Mission Kakatiya, stating that it is a good programme initiated by the State government.

Recently, the State BJP president took exception to the Chief Minister’s initiative before the start of Swachh Hyderabad programme, stating that they were not involving opposition parties in the programme, but Union Minister Bandaru Dattatraya went on record to say that the State government had invited him to participate in the programme. The city leaders opposed as to why the Chief Minister was concentrating only on Hyderabad when he had given a call for Swachh Telangana.

Telangana has been included in the list of seven States where the party wants to focus in the next elections to garner as many seats as possible. With no clarity on the strategy to be adopted towards the TRS, the party leaders feel that it would affect the party’s prospects in the coming elections. “The national party should give its clear opinion on the strategy to be adopted in the coming days, otherwise the cadre will remain confused,” said a senior BJP leader.

The reported comments of Nizamabad MP K Kavitha that she was ready to join NDA as a minister if the Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended an invitation has also left several BJP leaders confused.  However, party general secretary P Muralidhar Rao’s statement ruling out that TRS would not be a part of NDA has cleared some air of doubt in the minds of State BJP leaders.