03 August, 2021

The Unknown Terminator

Who's behind the murders of 55 Congressmen in the 20 months that the TDP has been in power?

The Unknown Terminator

POLITICAL murders are on the rise in Andhra Pradesh and encounters with the dreaded Naxal outfit, People's War Group (PWG), are on the upswing. An incredible 55 Congress leaders have been killed in well-planned attacks since the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) took over the reins in November 1994. And the question political observers are asking is: "Do the killings have anything to do with Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu's boast that he is going to rule the state for the next two decades?"

Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader P. Janardhana Reddy says there is a link between Naidu's claim and the steady elimination of the TDP's rivals at the grassroot level. "If that is not the case, then why are only Congressmen being targeted for Operation Annihilation?" he asks. Adds former chief minister and Congress strong-man Kotla Vijayabhaskara Reddy: "The Naidu government is bent upon eliminating the TDP's political opponents. I have gathered enough proof for my charge."

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