2019 elections could be the lowest point for the BJP in Andhra Pradesh. But, this is also the beginning of the BJP's quest for highest point in Andhra Pradesh. Its darkest hour could also be the beginning of its journey towards its finest hour. Though the party has just got 0.96 per cent votes and lost security deposits in every constituency of AP this time, the party does not seem to be too downcast. The BJP appears to be looking at the brighter side of this darkness.
The party is foreseeing that it could emerge as the only alternative to the YSRCP by 2024 elections. Its calculations are that the TDP will disintegrate in a matter of one or two years. Several leaders may either retire from active politics or join the TDP. Many of the elected MLAs might switch sides. The only senior leaders in the house would be Gorantla Butchaiah Chowdary, Payyavula Keshav, Karanam Balaram and of course Chandrababu. Except Keshav, the other too have an uncomfortable relation with Chandrababu Naidu. Pundits are also expecting a split within the TDP and Chandrababu's authority would be considerably weakened. Many feel that there would be cases against Chandrababu and this will demoralise the TDP further.
All this would only mean that there would be a leadership vacuum in AP. The BJP can rebuild itself in the coming five years and emerge as a credible opposition to the YSRCP. The party is trying to bring back leaders like Kamineni Srinivas and Akula Satyanarayana who left the party and also those from other parties like the TDP and Jana Sena. Besides, the party will take to agitational mode and will use Modi's brand image to market itself.
It is being reliably learnt that Amit Shah will now focus on Andhra Pradesh in a big way. The party will buid booth-level connect and chalk out an action plan to activate the cadre and the organisation in a big way. So, the BJP might be down now, but definitely not out. Wait till 2022!!