Count­ing chick­ens be­fore they hatched

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Con­cern­ing Chan­drababu count­ing chick­ens be­fore they hatched (June), Chan­drababu Naidu is a rank op­por­tunist chang­ing al­liances like a chameleon and the re­cent walk out from NDA af­ter cos­ing with BJP for four years is a clear rev­e­la­tion that he can­not be trusted. In fact, af­ter the exit, Naidu is grop­ing in the dark play­ing cheap gim-

micks to score some points. More­over, he al­ways looked and worked for his own and fam­ily in­ter­ests than the State. His fre­quent ut­ter­ances that he is not af­ter power is to­tally false with eye to hood­wink peo­ple.

The clas­sic ex­am­ple is de­thron­ing un­cer­e­mo­ni­ously his own fa­ther-in-law and founder of Tel­ugu De­sam Party N.T. Rama

Rao in a coup like style to usurp power. Stab­bing the founder of a party is un­prece­dented which never hap­pened in the his­tory of pol­i­tics since in­de­pen­dence. His fre­quent out­bursts at Ja­gan Mo­han Ready steeped in cor­rup­tion are a fact but he has no right to point fin­gers. At other cor­rupt lead­ers when he him­self has amassed ill-got­ten wealth worth sev­eral hun­dreds of crores in be­nami names to es­cape been caught in the vor­tex of cor­rup­tion.

In fact he pre­tends to be a strong leader with a vi­sion but never one. To be pre­cise, his ego stands in the way of get­ting ben­e­fits from the cen­tre. Know­ing that “Rome was never built in a day,” his prom­ise to build a new cap­i­tal on the lines of Sin­ga­pore within a short pe­riod is only to fool peo­ple with a false hope. His de­mand for spe­cial cat­e­gory sta­tus to A.P. and harp­ing day in day out is su­per­flu­ous. Naidu’s wishful think­ing that once BJP is ousted, the new gov­ern­ment would grant SCS is only a myth, not backed by any facts. Grant­ing SCS is done as per the con­sti­tu­tion and not at whims of Prime Min­is­ter. All in all, as op­po­si­tion in the state is gear­ing up to un­seat Naidu by ex­pos­ing his lies, false hopes, un­ful­filled prom­ises and ram­pant cor­rup­tion pre­vail­ing at all lev­els in the state, it is go­ing to be a tough bat­tle this time. There­fore, Naidu must not only step boast­ing of his mea­ger achieve­ments but also not be un­der an il­lu­sion that he is in­dis­pens­able.

— R. Srini­vasan

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