MANGALAGIRI: Jubilation among the TDP cadres and masses who attended the Maha Sankalpa Deeksha meeting here was clearly missing on Monday as they did not cheer their leader Chandrababu Naidu till the end. Although the turnout at the meeting was good, it was not even half of the crowd that attended team Chandrabau Naidu’s oath-taking ceremony last year.
While the recent cash-for-vote scandal is being viewed as a major reason for the dampening spirit among the commoners, party activists were not happy with the implementation of poll promises, particularly agriculture loan waiver. Not filling the nominated posts in the state too seemed to have gone against the TDP leadership.
Barring die-hard fans who occupied the front rows at the meeting, the response from the crowd for Naidu’s thundering diatribes against KCR and Jagan was surprisingly poor. Without losing heart, Naidu made them shout aloud in his support and clap to endorse his remarks. Interestingly, people began leaving the venue even though Naidu began addressing them early and concluded his speech much before they anticipated.
Not easy for Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu to escape law
According to legal experts, it will not be easy for Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu to escape the clutches of the law in the cash-for-vote case as prima facie facts are against Mr Chandrababu Naidu and Mr Revanth Reddy.
High court lawyer Pappu Nageswara Rao said, “If Revanth turns approver there is possibility of exoneration from the offence and restoration of normalcy of his political carrier.
If he sticks to his statement of not guilty, it will not be easy from him to come out of the case. However. in both circumstances, the Telugu Desam president has to prove his innocence.”
Centre keeps Babu at bay?
Union ministers ignore TD govt invite
Though the TDP invited several Union ministers like Arun Jaitley, Rajnath Singh, Nirmala Seetaraman and M Venkaiah Naidu for the Mahasankalpam marking the first anniversary of the AP government, the Centre in a strategic move seems to have maintained a distance from it.
Interestingly, neither Venkaiah Naidu nor Nirmala Seetaraman, who are from Andhra Pradesh failed to attend it. Normally, Venkaiah Naidu never misses a chance to attend any such function. It may be recalled that when Naidu took oath as Chief Minister this day last year, Venkaiah Naidu played the role of an anchor. Several top BJP leaders, including L K Advani and Punjab Chief Minister and Akali Dal leader Prakash Singh Badal, also attended the function.