The port city Visakhapatnam is set ready to host the annual three-day event of the Telugu Desam Party — Mahanadu, after a gap of ten years, amidst talk of early polls in alliance with the BJP. Party chief and AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who will inaugurate the same this morning is now seems to be in upbeat mood after obtaining a promise that the BJP would stand by him from party chief Amit Shah in his one-on-one two days ago in Vijayawada.
Naidu utilised the occasion to seek from Shah action for increasing the number of assembly constituencies from 175 to 225 as he had to accommodate quite a number of leaders who had defected to the Telugu Desam Party from YSRC. Now that the clouds of uncertainty have cleared to some extent on the future of the alliance with the BJP, the party is now getting back to business preparing for the elections.
The Mahanadu gained significant that in the presence of its allay BJP in an assertive mood, the main opposition YSRCP in defensive way and the law and order situation in the state seems to be worsening, Chandrababu Naidu need to present a `brave face’ before the party cadre and also the public. He is also concerned as the Center is yet to fulfill its special financial assistance promise to the state.