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BJP ready to ride on its allay TDP in Andhra Pradesh
Narendra Ch | 13 Apr 2015

Putting an end to 10-month-old honeymoon with Telugu Desam, being sharing power both at the center and also in the state, the Andhra Pradesh unit of BJP has finally decide start to quesiton the `suspecious' priorities of N Chandrababu Niadu government in the state.

The BJP's state working committee meeting held in Visakhapatnam yesterday has decided to press for holding of an all-party meet on the Pattiseema Lift Irrigation Project, which is aimed at diverting Godavari waters to Krishna River.

At a time when the opposition YSRC chief YS Jaganmohan Reddy is gearing up for visiting pending irrigation projects including the site of the proposed Pattiseema project, the saffron party, which had sent out overtures to the YSRC during the recently-held Assembly session, has begun sending feelers that it is not happy over the way the TDP is going ahead with the Pattiseema scheme without consulting the BJP.

The meeting has reportedly had a lengthy discussion on the issue of Pattiseema project. Several of the party's Rayalaseema leaders, who had visited the project site a day earlier to the meeting had interacted with local farmers to know their objections to the proposed project. Senior leaders like former union ministers Kavuri Sambasiva Rao, Daggubati Purandeswari and state minister Kanna Lakshminarayana took part in the discussion on the Pattiseema project.

According to sources, all these leaders expressed severe displeasure over the way the ruling TDP had decided to take up this project without consulting its ally, the BJP. Hence, they demanded that an all-party meet be organised to clear up growing doubts over the real motive behind the project.

During the meeting, BJP AP affairs in-charge and Union Health Minister JP Nadda has reportedly made it clear that there is no need for the BJP's AP leaders to kowtow to the TDP. "Even though the TDP is our ally, you can undertake agitations based on people's issues," he is understood to have directed the party leaders.

Meanwhile, the state executive meeting adopted a resolution to launch a 'blitzkrieg' against its ally, the TDP in the coming days. BJP's a senior leader said that as the TDP has been alleging that the Union government is not coming to the rescue of the cash-starved AP, they have decided to undertake a massive campaign across the State to make people know about the facts.

The party's State unit will soon kick-start publicity blitzkrieg to explain to people how the Narendra Modi government is giving preferential treatment to AP in releasing funds and announcing new projects. "We will distribute as many as five lakh pamphlets in each district, besides erecting banners and flex boards in every nook and cranny of the State explaining the helping hand being extended by the Centre to the reorganised State," he added.