The Telugu Desam Party cadre appeared to be sceptical at the two-day biennial Mahanadu that concluded on Tuesday in spite of the best of efforts of their president N. Chandrababu Naidu to pep them up by painting a rosy picture of the party’s prospects in the 2014 elections and beyond.
Mr. Naidu’s body language seemed to reflect his confidence, derived from the response he received during his 208-day long padayatra covering 2,817 km across 16 districts. Besides, the positive vibes emerging from the delegates to the presence of next generation leaders like Nara Lokesh also pepped him up at the two-day event.
Moreover, the TDP chief appeared convinced that the popularity of the ruling Congress was only going southwards in the recent years due to infighting and poor governance. The TDP leadership was also of the belief that the YSR Congress’ sway over people was on the wane and would diminish as the elections approached.“Mr. Naidu may be oozing with confidence after mingling with a large cross-section of people and the increasing uncertainty in the political scenario in the State and the Centre. However, it is not seeping to a majority of leaders and cadre because of lack of cohesion at the grassroots level,” a Polit Bureau member from Rayalaseema region said.
Admitting that the TDP’s stand on Telangana was another issue over which the people of the region had not reconciled, a senior leader said though the party’s performance in the recent past was poor they firmly believe that the TRS’ strategy of using ‘Telangana sentiment’ would not have much impact in the general elections. He cited the example of 2004 and 2009 elections in support of his argument since national parties alone could give Telangana.
On their part, the party cadre appears to be in favour of infusion of young blood since the current leadership in several constituencies was not matching the expectations of the party men. “We have been watching the present leaders for long now and we expect changes in the larger interests of the party,” a Telugu Yuvatha activist said.
Naidu may be oozing with confidence but it is not seeping into a majority of leaders and cadre because of lack of cohesion at the grassroots level, says a Polit Bureau member