Hyderabad: Gujarat Chief Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party's poll panel chief Narendra Modi kicked off party's southern campaign with a mega rally at LB stadium in Hyderabad on Sunday. Making a very significant political statement, Modi through his speech reached out to the Telegu Desam Party, asking for its help to get rid of the Congress.
The Chief Minister had even chanted US President Barack Obama's war cry to flag off the party's election campaign and asked people to echo him: "Yes, we can! Yes, we will do!"
Apart from making the crowd chant Obama's change mantra and his rhetoric on the Congress's foreign policies, Modi's political intent in his public meeting was clear and apparent.
With the Congress having played the Telangana card, Modi used the opportunity to explore possible political allies for the BJP in Andhra. He held out an olive branch to the state's main Opposition party TDP as a potential ally that could perhaps help the BJP mop up a few seats in Telangana and Andhra regions or sound out a potential post-poll ally.
He made sure his first speech as the BJP's poll campaign chief was all inclusive with appreciation not just for BJP chief ministers Shivraj Singh Chauhan, Raman Singh but also Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.
Having reached out to the regional satraps, Modi then trained his guns on the Congress, especially the UPA's policy on Pakistan and China. He said, "It is unfortunate that the UPA government decided to withdraw forces after the Chinese Army intruded."
Realising the BJP's limited political footprint down south, Modi has reached out to a regional satrap as the TDP has in the past lent support to the NDA.