After striking a pre-poll alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Telugu Desam leadership is now focusing on how to encash BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modis popularity. With the unprecedented high turnout in first third phase of polling in several crucial states, TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu seems convinced beyond doubt that Modis popularity can only come to his rescue to regain power after a gap of ten years.
TDP is proposing to have joint public meetings in couple of places of both the regions- Seemandhra and Telangana, where Chandrababu Naidu will share dias with Narendra Modi, so that to give a strong message to the voters that Naidu is the `face of Modi in the state.
TDP campaign managers are said to be in touch with national campaign managers of Narendra Modi in this regard. According to sources they informed TDP that Narendra Modi would be preoccupied with public meetings in different states till April 18. So, the first joint campaign meetings in Telangana region will be possible only after April 20.
On the otherside, state BJP leaders are also seeking Narendra Modis present in both the states to give an assurance to the people that the coming BJP-led NDA government at the center will take care of developmental needs of the newly forming two states. TDP is making plans to see that Narendra Modi should cover atleast three places each in of newly forming two states.
Meanwhile, Chandrababu Naidu is all set to hit the road with a mix of traditional and hi-tech 3-D hologram technology to campaign for his party from the Malkajgiri Lok Sabha constituency from April 12. Keeping hopes alive in Telangana, Mr Naidu's next stop is Chevella on April 13 and plans to visit other constituencies after the first leg of the tour. He is planning a mix of traditional and hi-tech campaign techniques in both Telangana and Seemandhra.
Apart from Narendra Modi, Chandrababu Naidu is also making arrangements for star campaigns by fielding his brother-in-law and popular Telugu film star Nandamuri Balakrishna, son of NT Rama Rao. Naidus son Lokesh is his son-in-law.
As another popular films star and Jana Sena party founder Pawan Kalyan has already extended his support of Narendra Modi, Chandrababu Naidu is making moves to persuade him to share dais along with Narendra Modi during his campaigns in the state.
'It is not yet clear if Pawan will share a dais. But we are trying to convince him that the joint appearance on a common platform would make more impact than interviews,' a senior TD leader pointed out.
The TD leaders were also confident that Jr NTR would return to the party fold as Mr Naidu has patched up with the actor's father and Mr Naidu's brother-in-law, Mr Harikrishna.
Maintaining that Jr NTR had also been affected after distancing himself from TD and the Nandamuri family, the TD leaders said his recent films had failed to register high openings because the Balakrishna fan base and TD cadre were boycotting his movies.
Simultaneously, his son Lokesh is also launching his poll campaign from Nimmakuru village, the native place of his grandfather and TDP founder N T Rama Rao in Krishna district, on Saturday.
All the star speakers will appeal to voters to support the TD-BJP combine which, they say, alone can bring political and economic stability in the two new states. Party sources said efforts were on to organise two public meetings each in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.