Monday, September 29, 2008

Will TRS & NTPP Merge With TDP ??

The idea of a merger between the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) with Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and Nava Telangana Praja Party (NTPP) came to me today morning after going through the news reports that TDP is going to formally give support to a separate Telangana State while some of its Telangana based leaders went to the extent of starting off a agitation for the separation.

Till now, there were two major political parties in Andhra Pradesh - The Congress Party and Telugu Desam Party. Now, a whole bunch of parties have sprung up giving a nightmare to the voter in choosing a proper political platform to vent his anger. The major parties in Andhra Pradesh now are:

* Congress Party
* Telugu Desam Party
* Telangana Rashtra Samithi - Only in Telangana Areas
* Praja Rajyam Party
* Nava Telangana Praja Party - Only in Telangana Areas
* Communist Party of India (Marxists) - CPI(M)
* Communist Party of India - CPI
* Bharatiya Janata Party
* Loksatta Party

and a host of smaller and marginal political parties which are mostly based on caste equations.

The Congress Party is going to contest on its own now as the Communist Party of India (Marxists) had withdrawn its support.

The Telugu Desam Party is scouting for alliances and looks like it is going to get support from CPI(M). It is heard that TDP is also in talks with TRS. Once TDP comes out with a clear policy on separate Telangana, TRS should have no problem supporting TDP. Devender Goud recently came out of TDP to form Nava Telangana Praja Party (NTPP). If TDP supports Telangana state, NTPP "might" consider supporting TDP. After all, TRS and NTPP was carved out of TDP. If all the three merge, it would be sort of a re-union.

Mega Star Chiranjeevi's Praja Rajyam categorically said that they are out of a grand alliance to bring down the Congress Government. They are keeping their options closed to their hearts. They still have to come out with clear policies on lot of issues and the most problematic one is their stance on separate Telangana State. They said they would come out with a decision after a while. It is heard they are talking with non-congress and non-TDP political parties.

The Communists in Andhra Pradesh are always jumping alliances. They are the most opportunist political party here. Till now, they were supporting the Congress. They withdrew the support once the Congress went ahead with a Nuclear Deal with the US.

The Loksatta Party is formed by a former IAS Officer, Jayaprakash Narayan, who wants to clean out the scum from politics. Not sure how many would support this party. I voted them during the by-elections to Khairatabad Assembly Constituency a few months back. They lost to the Congress.

The Bharatiya Janata Party is hardly visible in the state. With 42 Lok Sabha Seats from Andhra Pradesh, AP plays a very key role in making and breaking Governments in the Center. The BJP is keep to form next Government in the Center but with not a single seat from AP in it's kitty, it would be very difficult for them to form a Government. The party in AP is in shambles with too many leaders who have no issues to fight for. It is in a moribund state now. It got to be revived with good and clean leaders like Himayatnagar MLA, Kishan Reddy.

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