Prime Minister Modi has some advice for the fractious unit of the Andhra Pradesh BJP

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BySouth First Desk

Published Nov 15, 2022 | 8:33 AMUpdatedApr 11, 2023 | 5:51 PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves at the public at a roadshow in Visakhapatnam on Friday, 11 November, 2022. (Supplied)

The Andhra Pradesh unit of the BJP is hugely a divided house, with each of its factions and groups pulling in different directions on different issues.

For instance, there is one faction that wants the BJP and the TDP to join hands, and actively works to nudge the central leadership of the party in that direction.

Another faction strongly opposes any truck with the TDP, contending that it will only damage the prospects of the party’s growth in Andhra Pradesh.

Yet another faction so hates the TDP that it wants friendly ties with the YSRCP! This  faction also doesn’t like the leaders imported from the TDP like Sujana Chowdhary or CM Ramesh, and also Daggubati Purandeswari, who joined BJP from the Congress.

No wonder Prime Minister Narendra Modi, for the first time in the last few years, spent almost an hour-and-a-half talking to the party’s state unit leaders, advising them to work as a team.

According to one participant, Modi specifically pointed out that at one time the party’s position was the same in Gujarat, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh.

However, he said, while the party prospects improved dramatically in Karnataka and Gujarat, where the BJP has also formed governments, there has been no improvement at all in Andhra Pradesh.

After what was described by one party insider as a “brainwashing session”, Modi clearly hopes that the Andhra Pradesh unit’s leaders will pull up their socks and work together.