The BJP’s invitation to Jana Sena Party (JSP) president Pawan Kalyan to attend the NDA meeting in New Delhi on July 18 has drawn attention to the evolving political dynamics in Andhra Pradesh. This move comes in light of Mr. Kalyan’s dissatisfaction with the limited progress made by the BJP-JSP alliance against the ruling YSR Congress Party (YSRCP). It also raises speculation about the potential collaboration between JSP and the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), a possibility that has not been dismissed by either party.
The future of the BJP-JSP alliance leading up to the 2024 elections depends on the outcome of Mr. Pawan Kalyan’s interactions with top BJP leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi & Amit Shah.
This invitation to the NDA meeting comes amidst Mr. Pawan Kalyan’s appeal to opposition parties to prevent the splitting of anti-YSRCP votes, and TDP national president N. Chandrababu Naidu’s call for democratic forces to unite against the YSRCP’s plan to retain power.
While Mr. Pawan Kalyan has expressed discontent with certain BJP leaders’ approach to issues faced by the state, he has been cautious in severing ties with the national party, given his good relationship with BJP leaders at the central level. Although he has had personal interactions with Mr. Modi on multiple occasions, he has kept his electoral strategy undisclosed to avoid speculation.
Mr. Pawan Kalyan’s meeting with Mr. Naidu has created speculation about a potential alliance between JSP and TDP.
There are rumours in political circles that the BJP, JSP, and TDP may join forces to counter the YSRCP, despite their differences in core ideologies. The impact of Mr. Kalyan’s participation in the NDA meeting on the state’s political landscape remains to be seen, as the election fervor appears to have already set in.