The many reasons YSRCP is not unduly bothered about any likely TDP-Pawan Kalyan alliance

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BySouth First Desk

Published Nov 13, 2022 | 2:14 PM Updated Apr 07, 2023 | 10:29 PM

Pawan Kalyan and Chandrababu Naidu

Notwithstanding all the filmy antics that Jana Sena leader Pawan Kalyan indulges in, the ruling YSRCP of Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy in Andhra Pradesh doesn’t seem unduly perturbed.

For one, if past track record is any indication, the crowds that throng Pawan Kalyan’s meetings just do not get converted into votes.

YSRCP also believes that as long as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP’s “master strategist” and Union Home Minister Amit Shah are at the helm, the chances of the party agreeing to an alliance with the TDP are near zero.

That leaves Pawan Kalyan the option of only tying up with TDP for the state and national elections that are slated for early 2024, with the BJP fighting separately.

But the moot question is: Will the TDP benefit from an alliance with Pawan Kalyan, a representative of the Kapu community that is always at loggerheads with the Backward Classes (OBCs), the core vote bank of the TDP?

Even if a section of the BCs shift to the YSRCP because of Naidu-Pawan Kalyan dalliance, it’s the end of the road
for the TDP.