The poster boy's latest debacle
Why Chandrababu Naidu suffered a crushing defeat at the hustings again? Because "his legacy is still fresh in the minds of people. As is their anger", writes P. Sainath, in an excellent piece in today's The Hindu.
The score was thus:
Winning more than twice the number of wards the Telugu Desam did, the Congress takes the post of chairperson in 75 of 96 municipalities. It won an absolute majority in 68. The TDP managed that in just six. Of the remaining 22 that are `hung' more will go the Congress way as the smoke clears.
- alliance with the communal BJP, and the Gujarat pogrom.
- The Maoists helped the Congress party.
- the Congress alliance with the TRS, the then newly formed party demanding the separate state of Telengana.
Naidu's party had managed to win just one out of the 13 assembly seats of Cyberabad in 2004. This time, his share of the urban vote dropped a further three per cent. What's common in the successive defeats is that the hi-tech messiah was beaten across the spectrum: Rural, urban, city, town, Telangana, Rayalaseema, and coastal Andhra. "The TDP can run, but it can't hide."
Sainath righly points out that this is yet another chance to learn something about how people view the pro-rich, anti-poor measures that pass for `reforms' in this country.