There is anger among the people over the neglect of the State in the Union budget. There is open unrest among the party leaders over the treatment meted out by the Centre to the State that is ruled by the ally. The demand for breaking the alliance with the BJP in protest increases. Still, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu is silent but for expressing his displeasure. Though the party MPs are mounting pressure on him, as it appears, he is still in deep thoughts either to break the alliance now or wait for some more time.
Chandrababu Naidu had the reasons to break the alliance and part ways with the BJP. The reasons are more. The non-cooperation by the Central government in filling the Rs 16,000 revenue deficit; the failure to release funds for building the new capital except the initial Rs 1500 crore; the failure to release Rs 50 crore each of the seven backward districts per year except the first year; the repeated hurdles, as he claims, created by Nitin Gadkari on Polavaram and not accepting his estimated cost, including the rehabilitation and resettlement; the delay in giving railway zone; the absolute silence on rolling out the bifurcation benefits to the State and Prime Minister Narendra Modi not being friendly as Vajpayee was in the past and now the ‘injustice’ done to the State in the budget are enough reasons for him to break the alliance and tell the people that the BJP too had betrayed him.
Chandrababu Naidu could not complete the Polavaram Project as he claimed. He could not do much in building the new capital – Amaravati – as he portrayed the city to be a world class. He could not start the Ananthapur-Amaravati highway. He could not start the iconic bridges planned across river Krishna both in the upstream and downstream of Prakasam Barrage providing better connectivity to the new capital. He could not move forward on his much talked about metro rail projects in Visakhapatnam and Amaravati. He is answerable to the people on these issues and he has every reason to blame the BJP leadership for not extending its part of support.
He had the credit of holding two partnership summits held in Visakhapatnam where he had mobilised a few thousand crore rupees from both national and international investors. He had travelled across the globe attracting the foreign investors and had roped in several global corporate companies to partner the State’s development. He had brought Singapore, Japan and several other countries to give their expertise to the State in development. He had taken the State forward in the last four years and stands above the national average of growth rate with 14.2 per cent as against the national growth rate of 7.2 per cent. There are much more success stories in his suitcase to claim for his four-year term. He could do all this despite ‘anti-development approach of the Opposition’ and the ‘non-cooperative ally’. He is planning to take his poll campaign on these lines mostly as he plans to win the next elections and stay comfortably in the hot seat.
However, he is buying time to break the alliance and point an accusing finger at the BJP. He is looking at two possibilities from the BJP to counter his charges after breaking the ties. He is worried about the BJP leaders targeting him on the corruption or the misuse of funds given by the Central government in the last four years. He is equally worried about the note for vote case pending against him in Telangana as Modi-Shah combination is known for witch-hunting. To some extent he is confident of countering the corruption charges against him by the BJP but is not sure of facing the case if BJP forces Telangana Chief Minister Chandrasekhar Rao to reopen the case. He is worried more about this case at this point of time. He is prepared to face the cases if it helps win sympathy in the elections but it is too early for him to try this as BJP would have time to prove him guilty and give no scope for sympathy. If it were to happen somewhere in the last quarter of the 2018, Naidu can dare facing this as there would be less time for BJP to prove the case and that would give him sympathy in the elections.
There are several other reasons in the things to do list of his dairy. The only thing is which one he takes from this list and changes the politics in the state. It is to be seen how he moves his pawns to check-mate the BJP, a political strategy Naidu masters in.