While the Jagan-led government backed the policy to curb the sand mafia connection with a few political leaders, the sand policy continues to receive the backlash from all ends of the political spectrum. The scarcity of sand followed by this policy has not only received a rife backlash from lakhs of construction workers who lost their livelihood, but also from the political analysts. Though the government tried to subside the issue, the statements made by the ruling party leaders have done nothing rather triggered more flak. This has now turned into a weapon in the hands of Oppositions that are waiting for a chance to ridicule the five-month-old YSRCP government.
Pawan Kalyan’s long march has stood as a litmus test for the other parties to known the intensity of the issue. This has also led to reveal hints about the new coalitions and parties that chose to fight alone. While Chandrababu readily accepted to support Pawan, sent his loyalists and former ministers K Achchennaidu and Ayyannapatrudu to take part in the public event. Though BJP openly opposed the policy, it failed in supporting Pawan’s rally rather announced its own one in Vijayawada. However, even the TDP supremo chose to go for a day-long-hunger strike on November 14.
Pawan who was part of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in 2014 has played a crucial role in TDP’s victory. Even after spitting the way in 2019 election, Pawan was observed not pass any serious comments against Chandrababu and TDP. And now, Chandrababu and Pawan’s alleged support has given space for new speculations about coming into a team.
On the other hand, Chandrababu’s on record comments that TDP paid its price fighting against Modi-Shah has set ripples in the political circles. The senior leader also seems to soften his stand on BJP in recent times which has sent signals to party cadre that the old friends would soon patch up in line of the Jagan’s failure in tackling the issues. We have to wait and see if BJP which is waiting to strengthen its stand in Andhra Pradesh would catch Chandrababu’s feelers. Few of the political analysts also specuclated the same, and that Jagan and his government would face dire consequences if the young CM refuses to mend his ways.