During the Maharashtra elections, Shiv Sena and recently in protest against the farm bills Akali Dal left the NDA. In such a situation, the discussion is that the BJP wants to expand its clan. The BJP is also in talks with influential leaders of some states and the most interesting news is coming from Andhra Pradesh. According to media reports, senior leaders of the Jagan Mohan Reddy led YSR Congress Party to say their party may join the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA).
Only last week, the Shiromani Akali Dal, an old ally of the NDA, declared its strong opposition to the disputed agricultural bills and decided to withdraw from the alliance. Earlier, last year, Shiv Sena chose a separate route from the NDA on the issue of the post of Chief Minister in Maharashtra.
Jagan Reddy has left for New Delhi on Monday evening and is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday morning. The party leader said- “To strengthen the hand of NDA, Prime Minister Modi may invite YSR Congress to join.”
On the other hand, the Jagan government also accepted the option given by the Modi government to borrow extra to meet the GST compensation payment by the Center, although more than 12 states including Telangana opposed it. Jagan also accepted the condition of the Modi government to implement power sector reforms as part of the self-sufficient India package, including fixing of meters for the agriculture sector.
This is the second visit of the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh to Delhi during the last two weeks. On 22 September, Jagan, who visited Delhi on a two-day visit, met Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
VDP Associates, which deals with the poll survey, tweeted on Monday, “According to the news, BJP has offered 2 Cabinet and 1 State Ministry (Independent Charge) posts to YSR Congress. Jagan has been called to Delhi for a separate interaction with PM Modi.”
However, the leader of the YSR Congress had said that Modi can give the party a cabinet post and independent state ministry to lure them into the NDA government. The YSR is the fourth largest national party with 22 Lok Sabha seats. It has 6 MPs in Rajya Sabha. From the very first day of coming to power in Andhra Pradesh in May 2019, Jagan Mohan Reddy has kept his relations with the NDA government quite friendly.
The senior leader of YSR Congress and Chief Whip in Vidhan Sabha G. Srikanth Reddy said on Monday that the talk of joining our NDA is complete speculation. We have said earlier that without giving special status to the state, we cannot even think about it.
Srikanth’s remarks come at a time when Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has left for New Delhi to attend a meeting on the water issue.
He said they were open for a discussion on joining the NDA if the Centre fulfilled all promises made in the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act and accords Special Category Status which were promised by during the bifurcation of the state in 2014 to carve out Telangana.
“We are more concerned about the welfare of our state. If they consider all issues that are mentioned in the bifurcation (AP Reorganisation Act) act and announce special category status, then we will try to discuss that. We will start a dialogue, Srikanth Reddy told PTI.