Naidu to popularise Chandranna

  • Plan to replace NTR in popular image
  • Ministers vie with each other to invent schemes


Hyderabad, January 10: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has embarked upon a project to replace his father-in-law NT Rama Rao in the popular memory by himself. He has been encouraging the ministers and officials to call him Chandranna and name a number of schemes after his name. In four years from now when next general elections approach, Anna would not be there but Chandranna would be all over posters and banners in the election campaign.

Civil Supplies Minister Paritala Suneetha has launch Sankranti Gift Scheme for families below poverty line and named it ‘Chandranna Sankranti Kanuka’. A sealed packet with rice, jiggery and ghee was an instant hit. Suneetha was followed by Agriculture Minister Prathipati Pulla Rao who announced ‘Chandranna Sankranti Puraskaram’ for innovative farmers. The other scheme announced by Pulla Rao was ‘Chandranna Vyavasaya Kshetram’ for soil testing. None to lag behind, Social Welfare Minister Ravela Kishore Babu has proposed to hold a week-long awareness campaign named ‘Chandranna Sankshema Palana’ from January 23.Under this programmes special schemes launched by Chandrababu government for SCs and STs would be highlighted.

Naming a welfare scheme after a serving chief minister is a departure from tradition. There is Amma Canteen Scheme in Tamil Nadu but it was a symbolic name and did not include the name of the then chief minister,  J Jayalalithaa. All other names were adopted posthumous. Indira, Rajiv, Anna (MGR or Anna Dorai) or NTR were on those lines. It is the hight of audacity displayed by Chandrababu Naidu to indulge in lending his name to the schemes being implemented by himself. It is an attempt to relegate the memory of NTR and perpetuate his name in the hearts of the people. Whenever Naidu takes to NTR’s name, a section of the people redicule him for praising a person whom he dethroned unceremoniously in August 1995 coup. If Chandranna clicks with the poor people, he can abandon NTR and replace by his own name.

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