Visakhapatnam: The state-wide 'Baadude Baadudu' programme of Telugu Desam leader and former chief minister Chandrababu Naidu is covering only the TD-strong areas. The party has a strong grip on certain areas in Srikakulam to forthcoming event in Kuppam in Chittoor district. The Kuppam's road-show is scheduled to be held from May 12 for three days.
Naidu kicked off the programme on May 4 in Dallavalasa village in Amadalavalasa assembly segment of Srikakulam district, a stronghold of the TD. On the second day too, the TD picked Tallavalasa in Bheemili assembly segment of Visakhapatnam district. The village’s MPTC is Ramana from the TD.
When this correspondent visited Tallavalasa, some villagers said, “The people here are opposed to the ruling party and its rule. The TD vote bank is high in this village. The popularity of TD leader and Bheemili party president Raju is higher than those of other party leaders in the village.”
Political analysts feel Naidu should have undertaken such programmes also in areas where the YSRC is strong in order to know the pulse of the people there. “People in TD areas are clearly against the opposition party rule. Naidu should at least change the programmes to target areas where there is a strong vote bank for the YSRC,” said a senior politician.
Speaking to Deccan Chronicle, professor of Andhra University politics department said it is difficult to hold such events in “rival” areas as there existed a possibility of attacks or interruptions from rivals. This would have been possible if the TD had identified the disgruntled leaders in YSRC in advance, held secret talks with them and carried out such programmes with their support.
On the other hand, he suggested, the ruling YSRC should also keep a close watch on Naidu's activities, the people’s response to his calls, and also study the responses of the people to the government’s schemes and projects.
"This is a good opportunity for all parties including YSRC to do course corrections vis-à-vis their stands and the governance as the next assembly elections are coming closer," the professor added....