There are rumors that the TDP MLA and the Champion of BCs issues R Krishnaiah may join the BJP in the near future. It is reported that senior BJP leader Purandareswari is negotiating with the BC leader Krishnaiah here.
Earlier Krishnaiah was seen at the residence of Venkaiah at Jubilee hills in Hyderabad. There are rumors that he could be projected as the CM candidate in TS to lure BCs votes for the BJP.
BJP wants to cash in on the dissatisfaction among the BC leaders. As part of the strategy, they had already contacted BC leader and Telugu Desam legislator R. Krishnaiah, who has been working for the backward classes for decades. Such a leader will help BJP to understand the caste configuration in districts and also identify the reasons for their dissatisfaction.
Krishnaiah was a popular leader in the united AP. He has contacts all over the State. Now if Krishnaiah joins the BJP, the party can benefit from his experience and contacts in both Telugu States.
In Uttar Pradesh, BJP united all the Backward Caste leaders other than Yadavs and gave them tickets. As there was huge resentment against Yadavs in the State, they got easily elected.
The BJP wants to use the same formula here and in Andhra Pradesh too. It’s true that dominant castes are in power in the Telugu States since the formation, now they want to change it.
They are in touch with Jana Sena chief Pawan kalyan , who is a kapu. There is a lot of dissatisfaction amongst these caste leaders against the existing political parties. BJP might try to encash it too.
On the whole, one has to wait and see if the Uttar Pradesh formula will have any relevance in the Telugu States and especially in Telangana.