WHEN Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu released water from the Velugode reservoir into the canal system of the Telugu Ganga project on August 5, he looked relieved. For, this gesture takes the state a step closer to honouring the promise of providing drinking water to Madras by September 15—the birthday of Tamil icon Annadurai.
But the Telugu Desam Party cannot afford to celebrate just yet as another storm (the first being the Almatti dam row) is brewing in its backyard, fuelled by the opposition Congress—a rift which has the potential to rock the foundations of the 11-month-old Naidu-led TDP government.
In keeping with efforts to work as a pressure group within the United Front, Naidu is keen to cement ties with M. Karunanidhi and his DMK—which lends support to the Government. But with the Congress baying for his blood, and Lakshmi Parvathi waiting in the wings, Naidu may have blundered by inviting trouble on his hometurf.
In early August, the expelled Congress leader M.V. Mysoora Reddy took a group of mediamen to the Telugu Ganga...