The TDP faced a drubbing at YSRCP’s hands this year, managing to win just 23 Assembly seats (out of 174) and three Lok Sabha constituencies out of 25.
Instead of opting for myopic solutions such as reserving jobs for locals, the three areas where state government action can have an impact is in addressing rural distress, raising rural incomes and improving the ease of doing business for small units.
Caste-based vote banks seem to have taken a hit, but religion-driven vote banks are catching all the eyeballs.
The 69-year old maverick never had to taste a political drubbing at this scale. Like NTR, whom he had dethroned, Naidu is staring at existential issues.
Most exit polls had predicted YSRCP’s victory, but none of them had estimated such a wave for Jagan Reddy.
Confabulating with Gowda for over an hour here late Tuesday night after a meeting of opposition parties in New Delhi on the EVM issue earlier in the day, Naidu said 23 parties were raising the issue and demanding transparency and accountability.
BJP spokesperson G V L Narasimha Rao said opposition parties are desperately seeking an alibi for their impending massive defeat and their sudden mistrust is "unsurprising and unimaginary".
The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president will meet Banerjee as part of his efforts to unite opposition parties against the BJP ahead of the Lok Sabha election results on May 23.
The meeting between Banerjee and Naidu took place for over 15 minutes late Thursday evening, according to a well-placed source in the TrInamool Congress.
The PM is a registered voter in Gujarat, where all the 26 Lok Sabha seats went to the polls in a single phase April 23.
Opposition parties on Sunday had held a meeting to discuss the issue of EVM malfunctioning and said they will approach the Supreme Court again to demand that at least 50 per cent of paper trails be verified with EVMs.
When the country was at such a critical juncture, Naidu has "accepted the challenge" and "why cannot he become the PM of the country," Deve Gowda asked. The JD (S) leader addressed two election rallies at Tiruvuru and Pamarru in Krishna district this evening in support of the Telugu Desam Party for the April 11 general elections in the State.
Addressing election campaigns in many parts of neighbouring Kadapa district and his native Chittoor district, including Tirupati, for the April 11 simultaneous polls for AP assembly and the Lok Sabha, Naidu, the TDP chief urged people to vote for Telegu Desam for good governance to have a better future for Andhra Pradesh.
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Name of Chief Minister and TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu and his son Nara Lokesh figured in the list announced by Naidu himself at a late-night press conference.
Naidu asked BJP leaders to stop "meaningless" criticism and propaganda against him. He also wanted the BJP to tender an apology to the country by withdrawing the remarks against him.
"Chandrababu endorses what Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan says on Pulwama that his country is not involved in the dastardly attack.
Raut said he came to attend the event as a representative of the Shiv Sena, which still happens to be BJP's ally
Congress president Rahul Gandhi, National Congress chairperson Farooq Abdullah, NCP's Majeed Memon, Trinamool Congress' Derek O' Brien, DMK's Tiruchi Siva and Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav were among those who met the TDP chief to express their support.
Naidu, who began a day-long fast at the Andhra Bhavan demanding that the Centre fulfil all promises made during AP's bifurcation in 2014, warned that Modi would be given a befitting answer if he made personal attacks against the people of his state.
A number of Opposition party leaders - including Congress president Rahul Gandhi, National Conference president Farooq Abdullah and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal - are expected to extend their support to the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief's fast at the Andhra Pradesh Bhavan.
TDP, the ruling party in Andhra Pradesh, had severed its ties with the BJP in March last year.
Banerjee sat on a "Save India" dharna in front of Metro Cinema in the heart of the city on Sunday night insisting that the latest CBI action was tantamount to stifling the spirit of "Constitution and federalism" in the country.
An all-out war broke out between the Centre and the Mamata Banerjee government on Sunday over the CBI's attempt to question the Kolkata Police commissioner in connection with chit fund scams, with the feisty West Bengal chief minister beginning a sit-in protest in front of Metro Cinema over the issue.
The Tamilians protested with black flags and balloons, against the neglect of the state that suffered damages in cyclone 'Gaja', Naidu told his party leaders during a tele-conference here, warning Modi would face much severe protests in Andhra Pradesh.