Politically-motivated TDP leaves no option to Jagan
The TDP is more political on every issue. It is upset with the humiliating defeat in the 2019 general elections. The party is also not happy with the Jaganmohan Reddy government rolling out welfare initiatives one after the other.
With aging problem on one side and leaders leaving the party one after the other on the other side, TDP chief is bent on keeping his party alive to crown his son, Nara Lokesh. Even as Chandrababu Naidu is struggling to keep his party alive till the next elections, he and his loyalists received a big blow with Jaganmohan Reddy’s decision of decentralisation of the capital.
Chandrababu Naidu bowed his head in the Assembly, the other day, pleading with Jaganmohan Reddy to continue the capital in Amaravati and not to go for decentralised capital model. He is worried about the investments that he and his loyalists have made in Amaravati in the last four years and is doing everything to protect those interests.
Now, having failed in the Assembly, the TDP chief had played a political game in the Legislative Council where his party has majority members, including its chairman and vice-chairman. The TDP had rejected one bill – English Medium schools – in the past. The TDP went one step ahead and had stopped the government from tabling the decentralisation and repeal of APCRDA bills in the Legislative Council, much to the discomfort of Jaganmohan Reddy government.
As there are no options on hand to move forward, the chief minister is forced to table the Legislative council abolition bill in the Assembly on Wednesday. The draft bill is ready and the cabinet meeting was called for this night to clear the bill.
It is to be seen how he would get the bill cleared by the President, who is guided by the BJP-led government at the Centre.