Will TDP seek re-election for 23 seats?
Former chief minister and TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu and his party leaders are asking chief minister Jaganmohan Reddy to seek fresh mandate on Amaravati issue. The TDP and other parties are opposing the decentralisation of the capital and development model proposed by the new government which has a massive mandate of 151 members in a 175-member Assembly. It is just seven months ago that mandate was given, for whatever Jaganmohan Reddy had said about the capital, land pooling and whatever he had promised to the people. If anyone remember, Jaganmohan Reddy had extended support to the farmers of the capital villages, who refused to give their lands to the government in land pooling system. He had even promised to return the lands if the farmers wanted and his party is voted to power. Accordingly, his party was voted and he is implementing whatever he had promised before the election. Now, while opposing the plans of the government to decentralise the capital, the TDP is fighting against the move and its chief threw an open challenge to the chief minister asking him to seek fresh mandate on the capital issue. Chandrababu Naidu had even pledged to quit politics if Jagan is voted to power again. Well, Chandrababu Naidu, by the virtue of his age, is almost close to retirement and if he quits now are later, it is not going to be of any use for the people, except facing the financial burden of having another election. If he is serious on continuing capital in Amaravati, he should make his 23 MLAs, including himself, quit the Assembly and go for fresh elections. If all the 23 MLAs win the election, then he can claim that he has the peoples’ support for Amaravati. But, the question is, he was defeated by Amaravati people – both in Tadikonda and Mangalagiri Assembly constituencies, which form part of the capital. Does it not enough for him to realise that he must quit politics and allow the new government to take its own decisions, as he did in the last five years?