01 December, 2020

See You, CEO

Not many expected such a backlash by angry voters. Certainly not Naidu. Updates

See You, CEO
"These are only the exit polls, wait for the exact polls," Chandrababu Naidu had said in his deadpan drawl when the first straws in the wind hinted at the coming doom. As it transpired, the standards applied by the Andhra voter were a bit more exacting than Naidu had imagined. His reputation as a politician with an ear to the ground now lies in tatters as the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) mulls over its worst electoral debacle ever. With an array of party heavies, including 27 ministers, licking the dust and an paltry tally of 47 seats (plus the BJP's two), the party is still trying to swallow the enormity of its loss. As a TDP veteran put it, "No one was prepared for this. We have to start from scratch. A lot of introspection is called for. We have to seriously consider if the path we were following was the right one. Did we become too much of an urban party? The TDP has to go back to the grassroots."

Many believe, even within the TDP, that Naidu concentrated too much on Hyderabad and the IT sector, alienating the rural voters. But the vote against Naidu runs across villages,...


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