Ruling Telugu Desam Party and opposition YSR Congress Party have begun gearing up for early elections, as they have started taking out door-to-door campaigns across the state.
The YSRCP, which recently faced a humiliating defeat in Nandyal, began ‘YSR kutumbam’ across the state, an outreach program which is being supervised by party's top brass, including Jagan Mohan Reddy, in which each booth level in-charge will reach out to households.
Meanwhile, the ruling party also commenced ‘Intintiki Telugu Desam’ (TDP to each household) on the same day, where sitting MLA's and local party leaders will reach out to people in all constituencies.
Unlike the Nandyal bye-poll campaign, the ground level campaign of both parties has begun much before the general elections.
While Naidu landed himself in a soup after allegedly threatening citizens, Jagan was booked after he remarked that people like Naidu should be “shot” and “hanged”.
These door-to-door campaigns are of significance because earlier this month, Naidu had hinted that the state may go in for early polls.
In an internal party workshop, Naidu said, "I will study the result of four surveys before giving tickets to candidates. The aim is to ensure 100% win. The countdown has begun, we may have to face polls in December 2018".
Speaking about Intintiki Telugu Desam, Vijayawada West MLA Jaleel Khan said "It's neither an election stunt or a publicity thing. TDP has a tradition to conduct Intintiki Telugu Desam every year to reach out to people and hear their concerns."
He went on to say it was necessary to have a leader like Chandrababu Naidu since “only he can develop the state. He is the another name of development. We want to make people aware of whatever developments under are taking place under the Babu government."
Hinting at YSRCP, Khan also said that newer parties who were eager to gain power and votes were the ones coming up with such programmes.
Speaking on the developments, YSRCP spokesperson Dr Arun Kumar M said, "This programme is to reach out to all households and take the navaratnalu (promises made by YSRCP for 2019) to the people". He added that the main objective of the programme was that "one person from each family would join the extended YSR family".
"This is also aimed at exposing the failures of ruling TDP of last three years," he said.
When TNM questioned Arun if this was a reaction to Naidu’s hint at an early election, he said,”It is people who are waiting for elections to overthrow the Chandrababu government. People will show this government their power".
While political analysts like K Nageshwar opined that this was a routine affair of political parties and that every party has to be in the public domain.
Andhra Pradesh CPI(M) state committee member Y V Rao said that the parties are gearing up for elections because Naidu hinted at it, and regardless of dname their programmes, it only shows their desire for power.