Political vacuum in Andhra Pradesh, chance for BJP to grow, says Amit Shah | India News – Times of India

Tirupati: Observing that there was now a “political vacuum” in Andhra Pradesh, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday urged the leaders of the state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to take effective measures to address the vacuum by accepting the people’s cause.
In an exchange of views with senior party leaders before concluding his three-day visit to the temple town, Amit Shah reiterated that there was no question of re-aligning with the Telugu Desam Party (TDP).
At the same time, he also canceled any trucks with the state’s ruling YSR Congress.
“The TDP is a defunct case. It is facing a leadership crisis. It has created a political vacuum and we have to occupy that space,” the top BJP leader told a closed-door meeting of his state unit leaders.
A senior state leader, who attended the meeting, told PTI that Amit Shah had emphasized the need to take up the issues of the people and fight for them.
“Basically he instructed us on the steps to be taken in the ongoing political situation in the AP. He wanted us to take advantage of the opportunity and emerge as a strong force,” the leader added.
Shah urged state leaders that the BJP would maintain equal distance with both the TDP and the YSRC. The BJP is currently in alliance with Telugu actor ‘Power Star’ Pawan Kalyan’s Jan Sena.
BJP national general secretary (organization) BL Santosh and other leaders from New Delhi, state unit president Somu Birraju, former president Kanna Laxminarayan and former Union minister Daggubati Purandeswari were present at the meeting.
The home minister later had separate meetings with Rajya Sabha members YS Chowdhury and CM Ramesh, who defected from the TDP to the BJP.

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