As TRS, Congress compete for tie-up with TDP, Chandrababu Naidu is faced with tough balancing act
The TDP’s action of walking out of the NDA in Andhra Pradesh has now led to tremors in neighbouring Telangana. The BJP in Telangana has parted ways with the TDP long back. After leaving the NDA, the TDP has now become the most sought-after alliance partner in Telangana.
Both the Congress and the ruling TRS are competing to ally with the TDP to have an edge in 2019. Despite bifurcation inflicting heavy damage on the prospects of TDP in Telangana, it is still stronger in a few pockets, especially Hyderabad, where there is a sizable presence of Seemandhra voters. The TDP, which is desperate to ally with some party to survive in Telangana, is caught between the devil and the deep sea as any alliance choice in Telangana can have implications for the party in Andhra Pradesh.
The TRS and the Congress are wooing TDP in Telangana for the simple reason that the party still enjoys support among certain sections and pockets. This was evident from the TDP’s performance in Telangana in 2014, that too in the backdrop of bifurcation.