Visakhapatnam: Tension has gripped the candidates who contested in the general elections in Andhra Pradesh, as the D-day when counting will be held for Assembly and Lok Sabha seats on May 23, is fast approaching.
The ruling Telugu Desam Party candidates in particular look a worried lot notwithstanding repeated assurances by their party supremo Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, that they are poised to rule for another term. He even claimed of making as many as four surveys which all opined that the TDP was bound to retain power in the State, thanks to last minute steps like Pasupu-Kumkuma through which a majority of women belonging to self-help groups had reaped it rich by at least about Rs.10,000 each. And there was the real estate boom in Krishna and Guntur districts where the new capital of Amaravati is coming up.
Land prices had increased here by over 1000 per cent and the credit goes to Chief Minister who envisages a clean sweep in the region where the Kamma community has a sizeable population.
However, day by day the TDP leaders look unconvinced as Chandrababu who is adept at holding reviews abandoned the exercise after reviewing about half-a-dozen Lok Sabha seats after the elections. Though there was a lot of time left, the reviews slowly veered towards blaming each others within the party and washing dirty linen in public. This must have prompted the TDP national president also to decide against conducting the annual Mahanadu on NT Rama Rao’s birthday and make the jayanthi celebrations as just a one-day affair.
Quite a few TDP activists also admit that the wind did not blow in their favour during the 2019 elections and even at places like Srikakulam, considered a TDP bastion, they are afraid that the party this time was not on firm ground.
What’s more, they also feel that it is not their arch rival YSR Congress Party, but have to blame themselves for any defeat.