21 September, 2020

Baahubali Endgame

Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu has promised many sops to the voters and other last-minute doles that allegedly cost the state exchequer over Rs 200 crores.

Baahubali Endgame

On March 29, filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma tweeted the sketch of a man back-stabbing a still from his latest release, a biopic on Andhra Pradesh’s former chief minister N.T. Rama Rao. It took social media by storm as the man in the sketch closely resembled Chandrababu Naidu, CM and NTR's son-in-law. Varma’s tweet app­arently allu­ded to alleged attempts by Naidu to stall the release of Lakshmi’s NTR ahead of the April 11 polls, when the state votes to elect a new government and 25 MPs.

But even before the film made the headlines, Naidu was aware of the potholes ahead, as he battles anti-incumbency and a stiff challenge by his main rival, the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) led by Jaganmohan Reddy. Many pollsters are predicting a YSRCP sweep.

Naidu is under pressure after some rec­ent developments. The first was the alleged murder of Y.S. Vivekananda Reddy, brother of the late YSR Reddy, Jaganmohan’s father. The YSRCP wasted no time in hinting at a political angle into the incident. Then, acting on a complaint by YSRCP, a court...



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