In the background of widespread impression that he was released from prison after reaching political understanding with Congress high command, in a way he said he admired Narendra Modi as an administrator but wanted him to strive for bringing all parties together on a secular platform.
Jagan dropped enough hints that he was keeping his options open for a post-poll alliance with BJP-led NDA, provided it upheld secular principles.
“What I want Narendra Modi to do is to change this entire system in bringing every party on to a secular platform in the interest of the nation. I want peace along with development," Jagan said. “I have my options (on post-election scenario). I don't think I would be in a hurry. All these options are there for everybody,” he said according to various reports.
His statement was a clear deviation from his party’s earlier stand that it would not have any kind of alliance with the BJP and that it would join the UPA government and bid for major portfolios for its MPs. The YSR Congress Party president, however, sought to maintain a secular profile. “I said I am secular. What other secular parties like Janata Dal (U) would do, I will also do the same,” he said.
Stressing that religion is a matter of personal faith, he wondered why religion should be politicised and any individual discriminated over his religion. “I belong to the present generation. Whether we are Hindus, Christians or Muslims, we are all born here, live here and are going to die here," he said.
Jaganmohan Reddy’s praise of Narendra Modi is also seen as an attempt to prevent the efforts of his political opponent in the state and Telugu Desam Party chief Chadnrababu Naidu reaching into an electoral understanding with BJP.
Meanwhile the much-awaited friendly hand-shake between Chandrababu Naidu with Modi at a private function in New Delhi, scheduled for October 2, has become a hot topic in the political circles,
Significantly, Jagan’s praise of Modi comes a day after Telangana Rashtra Samithi president K Chandrasekhar Rao showered encomiums on the BJP top leadership for coming out strongly in support of Telangana state, prompting political observers to wonder how Modi has suddenly become a paragon of virtues for the opposition parties in the state.
On Sunday, the TRS president, too, indicated a possibility of his party inclining towards the BJP, if the Congress failed to deliver the Telangana state before December. “If UPA does not give Telangana, the NDA is always there to concede the separate state. We have nothing to worry,” he said as reported by media.
Though KCR did not take the name of Modi, he praised the BJP's top leadership for its support to Telangana. He thanked BJP national president Rajnath Singh and Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj for extending support to Telangana. At the same time, he did not utter a word in praise of Congress President Sonia Gandhi who took a decision in favour of Telangana.
On the other hand, the TDP president has been sending clear signals to the party cadres and people that his party would be joining hands with the BJP and support Modi’s leadership. Speaking to media a couple of days ago, Naidu did not deny the talk of an alliance between the TDP and the BJP in the coming days.
In fact, he did not attach much significance to the 2002 communal riots of Gujarat when he said: “Why Gujarat? There were several other incidents of communal violence during the UPA regime in the last nine years,” he commented.
Hinting at an alliance with the NDA, he even reminded that the country and the state had witnessed tremendous growth during the NDA and the TDP regimes respectively.
Looks like Modi mania has spread to major opposition parties in the state, the only others left out being the Lok Satta, the Communists and of course, the MIM.