The Bharateeya Janata Party’s star campaigner and who is being projected as its Prime Ministerial potential Narendra Modi is all set to kick off his poll campaign in the South from Hyderabad city on Sunday. This will be his first official visit among southern states, after nominating him as party’s campaign committee president.
He will be addressing a mammoth youth conclave named as “Navabharath Yuva Bheri”. Andhra Pradesh BJP has been making hectic efforts since a month to attract youth from all over the state. However, a large number of youth from Telangana districts are expected to take part. Party leaders in the state are expecting over one lakh may turn up at the meet.
His Hyderabad visit has cached attention all over the globe with the decision of the organisers to collect not less than Rs 5 from each participant at the meeting towards Uttarkhand relief fund. At a time when political parties are finding it difficult to mobilise large number of people even by arranging transport, food, liquor and other attractions, the BJP state president G Kishan Reddy’s decision to collect a nominal fee makes interesting all over.
Though AICC resolution to bifurcate the state has led to diversion of people’s attention from Narendra Modi’s event, BJP leaders are happy with overwhelming response from the youth seen all over. More than one lakh youth have already registered their names at BJP offices or online showing their interest to take part in the programme. The venue of the event is Lalbahadur Stadium, in the heart of the city.
For Narendra Modi to cherish his Prime Ministerial ambitious to get strong foot-hold in the southern states will be crucial. Losing the only BJP government in the south in Karnataka is a great setback to him. However, he seems to be having his own tactics to get hold over Southern states.
Though some Telugu Desam leaders in Telangana region have been sending feelers to revive poll pact with BJP, Narendra Modi seems to be attempting to go it alone so that to ensure to win majority of Lok Sabha seats on its own in the ensuing elections. Even state BJP leaders are also not showing interest for poll alliance with any party in view of earlier bitter experience in the past with TDP, which practically used its influence to arrest growth of the party in the state during NDA regime.
BJP’s strong support for separate Telangana agitation leading to party’s isolation among Seemandhra people after Congress Working Committee resolution seeking division of the state. People in the region are viewing that BJP’s support only forcing Congress to agree for division of the state as BJP has been promising day in and out that it will form the state soon after returning to power in the center. Agitators have attacked BJP offices in few places also.
However, BJP is planning to win back the people in that region also by coming out with a detailed developmental plan showing people how potential the region has for speedy development in all sectors once a new state is formed. Interestingly, BJP is the only party which has been campaigning in Seemandhra region since few years seeking bifurcation of the state.
During his visit, the Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi will also unveil a statue of Sardar Patel at the premises of Keshav Memorial School and before his departure he will interact with the BJP's state office-bearers over dinner.