BJP’S CATCH­MENT AREA

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ANDHRA PRADESH TE­LAN­GANA TAMIL NADU KER­ALA added Rao.

The weak­en­ing of the Congress and the di­vide within the Left could trig­ger “ma­jor po­lit­i­cal changes and re­align­ment,” in the state, a leader said adding: “(In Ker­ala) there will be an anti-com­mu­nist align­ment and the BJP will be a ma­jor player in it,” a leader said.

Get­ting a su­per­star is part of BJP’S Ker­ala strat­egy as well. While Suresh Gopi is al­ready a Ra­jya Sabha mem­ber from the state, Mo­han­lal is another ac­tor the party would like to get on board.

In Te­lan­gana, party lead­ers say, it isn’t easy for the Congress to take the anti-trs space as “both the rul­ing TRS and the Congress fol­low the same poli­cies.” Congress has al­ready been weak­ened af­ter many of its lead­ers, in­clud­ing sit­ting MLAS, joined the TRS.

“The Op­po­si­tion space will be oc­cu­pied by the BJP in Te­lan­gana,” said one BJP leader. The BJP has al­ready launched an ag­i­ta­tion against the Te­lan­gana gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion to in­crease quota for back­ward Mus­lims.

In Andhra Pradesh, where the BJP is in al­liance with the rul­ing TDP, BJP sees space for se­ri­ous bar­gain­ing. The prom­i­nent Op­po­si­tion party YSR Congress chief Ja­gan Mo­han Reddy is fac­ing fresh trou­ble in his dis­pro­por­tion­ate as­sets case and the BJP feels his po­lit­i­cal ca­reer will be on the back­burner un­til he is ab­solved of these charges.

In­ter­est­ingly, Ja­gan Mo­han Reddy who met Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi at his of­fi­cial res­i­dence yes­ter­day, said the YSR Congress will of­fer sup­port to any can­di­date the BJP fields for the up­com­ing Pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. “We have very less dif­fer­ence in opin­ion. Ex­cept for dif­fer­ences on the land ac­qui­si­tion bill and spe­cial sta­tus for Andhra Pradesh, we share sim­i­lar opin­ions on var­i­ous is­sues which we think are pro-peo­ple,” Ja­gan told re­porters af­ter the meet­ing.

In Andhra Pradesh, the BJP also wants to woo for­mer Congress lead­ers who did not join the YSR Congress. In poll-bound Kar­nataka, the BJP is bank­ing on anti-in­cum­bency un­der­min­ing the Jd-sec­u­lar and the Congress.

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