Is Naidu Getting Aggressive With People Who May Not Vote For Him?
Amaravati: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu is nowadays aggressive with the people too. He is a known tough leader for the opposition parties and goes harder against the Left parties. But this time, particularly from the turn of 2017, halfway to the next round of elections, he is being aggressive with the people too.
A few weeks ago, he had asked people not to take pensions that his government is giving if they are not ready to support him in the election. He had also asked them not to use roads that his government is constructing if they don’t want to support his party. The other day, he had warned the people of arrest by police if they question him. He had even went one step forward and asked his TDP workers to “handle” his critics.
All this shows how desperate Chandrababu Naidu is to retain his power. A politician always tries to protect his position. Most of the leaders try to win the hearts of the people to stay in power. But Chandrababu Naidu is trying to protect his position by threatening his critics. He is also using police to silence his critics. The excess use of police had cost him dearly after the Basheerbagh firing in 2002.
Be it Madiga leader Manda Krishna or Kapu leader Mudragada Padmanabham, the Chief Minister is using police forces to snub them and their agitation. He is also using police left, right and center against Left parties. He had called the opposition parties as ‘demons’ and is not accepting criticism. He is expecting the opposition parties to shower praises on him and his administration, which Naidu never did while in opposition, and no opposition party will do so.
The excessive use of physical abuse (through police) and verbal abuse by Naidu only speaks about his falling confidence levels in politics. This fall is seen from the day he was caught on video tapes during MLC elections in Telangana and finally had to leave Hyderabad. The fall continues as his dispensation has entered the second half of the term.
The tight fight at Nandyal by-election is also putting him under a great pressure. He is not prepared to lose the seat, though it is not going to make any major changes in the government. He is leaving no stone unturned to win the seat. That is the reason why he is going tough even with people and indulging in verbal abuse. This is set to cost him dearly as it would earn him foes than friends.