With the announcement of Narendra Modi as BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, looks like TDP and BJP alliance in the coming elections is only matter of time. Party leaders see two benefits from the latest scenario.
Post Kargil war TDP benefited out of NDA voting in 99 elections same way the pro-Modi public mood in the country could benefit from it if a pre-poll alliance is struck with the BJP. Not only that in order to counter the Congress’ agenda of attacking the TDP with Telangana issue, there has to good counter game which could be of friendship with Modi.
Though some leaders in Rayalaseema fear that TDP will loose Muslim vote some leader argue that Muslim have never been passionate voters of TDP. Though Naidu as been averse to aliening with TDP with his party loosing in subsequent elections. Top leaders have been influencing upon him to see the “Modi benefit”. In fact Modi was the first to send feelers to TDP when he addressed a public meeting in Hyderabad.
On the other hand the popularity of YSR Congress party is also cause of concern for TDP. “Naidu in fact has been openly talking about his association with NDA now than before. Earlier he was tight lipped about BJP, this sure indicates his changing opinions” a top leader from TDP said. With the left parties not being so strong in the state the only option would be BJP party leaders aver.