Missing Reddys? Why are Revanth, Jagan not being seen in protests against central govt?

The absence of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh from recent protests does not signify passive acceptance of the status quo.

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New Delhi: In the midst of escalating tensions surrounding fund allocation and perceived injustices by the government, three southern states – Karnataka, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu – made headlines by staging protests against the Centre. However, conspicuously absent from this display of dissent were Telangana and And hra Pradesh, despite facing similar grievances. This disparity has prompted inquiries into their political strategies and priorities. Why did the Reddys refrain from joining the chorus of protests against the Centre?

Delving into political dynamics

To comprehend the nuanced political landscape of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, it's imperative to consider the intricate dynamics at play. Regional parties, harboring significant aspirations, often find it necessary to collaborate or maintain amicable relations with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), shaping their stance towards dissent against the Centre.

Political analyst Pentapati Pullarao emphasizes the strategic imperative for regional parties to cultivate ties with the BJP. "In the intricate milieu of Indian politics, garnering central support is frequently deemed essential for fulfilling commitments and advancing state interests, particularly for regional parties," Pullarao explains.

"In Andhra, Jagan Mohan Reddy has openly expressed his dissatisfaction. In Telangana, Revanth Reddy, relatively new to the office, has yet to complete two months as CM. The Telangana CM is wary of swiftly entangling himself in national politics, especially with a robust opposition in his state capable of crafting narratives against him."

Engagement over confrontation

The absence of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh from recent protests does not signify passive acceptance of the status quo. Chief ministers from both states have previously raised concerns about insufficient funds and the lack of special packages. However, instead of adopting a confrontational stance, they have chosen direct engagement with the Centre to negotiate and secure resources for vital projects.

Jaganmohan Reddy's recent meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, resulting in the allocation of funds for the Polavaram Project, serves as a testament to this approach. By fostering constructive dialogue and securing tangible benefits for their states, leaders like Jaganmohan Reddy are pursuing a pragmatic course to address grievances.

The decision of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh to abstain from recent protests against the Centre underscores a strategic approach to addressing grievances and advancing state interests. Rather than resorting to confrontational measures, their leaders have opted for dialogue and negotiation as the preferred means of resolution.