BJP national president J P Nadda on Saturday, September 26, 2020 announced a national executive committee comprising of 70-members.
However, Nadda's jumbo team came as a big disappointment to the BJP cadre and leaders in Telugu States.
Though Nadda included firebrand woman leader DK Aruna from Telangana, who left Congress to join BJP prior to 2019 Lok Sabha polls and Daggubati Purandeswari from Andhra Pradesh, who also quit Congress to join BJP in 2014 after Congress was ousted out of power at the Centre in 2014 Lok Sabha polls, it did not bring much cheer to party cadre and leaders in Telugu Stated.
This is because Nadda has not given much representation to leaders from the Telugu States in the new national executive committee.
DK Aruna was inducted into the BJP executive as one of the 12 national vice-presidents, while Purandewari was made one of the nine national general secretaries.
On one hand, the BJP national leadership claims that the BJP will emerge as an alternative to TRS and come to power in Telangana in 2023 Assembly polls. It also claims that BJP will emerge as a major political force in Andhra Pradesh by 2024 Assembly polls.
But the composition of Nadda's committee gives no such indications with poor representation.
Worse still is, BJP's big names in Telugu States, Ram Madhav (Andhra Pradesh) and P Muralidhar Rao (Telangana) were dropped from the national executive committee.
Ram Madhav and Muralidhar Rao were the national general secretaries in the previous committee.
One more noted figure from Andhra to be dropped from the committee include GVL Narasimha Rao, who was the party's national official spokesperson. The only silver lining was Dr K Laxman, former BJP president of Telangana unit getting OBC national morcha president and Satya Kumar, hailing from AP and considered to be close to vice president of India Venkaiah Naidu, finding a place among the 13 national secretaries
Looking at the composition of Nadda's new team, one wonders how the BJP can expect to come to power in either of the Telugu states with this poor representation in the national executive.
Party leaders and cadre in both the Telugu States raise questions about how BJP will grow in Telugu States when it has no representation in the national committee.