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NDA has no need for 'kingmakers': TRS, BJD, YSR Cong lose bargaining chip

The BJP has now emerged as the principal opposition in Telangana

Aditi Phadnis  |  New Delhi 

Chandrababu Naidu
Chandrababu Naidu

They were billed as kingmakers and groups that would make or break the future of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and extract their due to support the candidature of as prime minister.

But the Rashtra Samiti (TRS), the Biju Janata Dal (BJD), and the YSR will now have limited utility in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), which has emerged as the prime challenger to the governments in and Odisha.

The kept its sword sheathed while campaigning in and Andhra Pradesh. It targeted the and the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) as its primary enemy, letting off the and the YSR from any blame for misrule.

The contrast was even more stark in Odisha where throughout the election campaign the attacked the Biju Janata Dal’s family rule, its inefficiency and corruption, but at the fag end of the campaign, as Odisha was grappling with the cyclone, held a press conference with Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, calling his handling of the cyclone ‘efficient’ and effective’.

This is despite the fact that for several days after the cyclone, the capital, Bhubaneshwar, was without water and electricity. The has now emerged as the principal opposition in Telangana.

Not only the chief minister’s daughter, K Kavitha, has been defeated from Nizamabad by the BJP’s Dharmapuri Aravind, but also the party has managed to win Karimnagar and Adilabad, while retaining the Secunderabad seat despite fielding a new candidate, G Kishan Reddy, who replaced former minister and MP Bandaru Dattatreya. Kishan Reddy is expected to get a berth in the council of ministers.

In Andhra Pradesh, the BJP has not got a single seat in the assembly or get an MP to the Lok Sabha from the state. The consequence could be that the government led by YSR Congress’s will be neutral towards the central government. BJP chief Amit Shah has congratulated Reddy for his victory.

A new realignment should be expected in equations between the non-BJP, non-Congress parties and the government at the Centre.

First Published: Fri, May 24 2019. 01:35 IST