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Operation Success, But Will Patient Survive?

At last, Telugu Desam Party president N Chandrababu Naidu’s record-breaking padayatra – “Vasthunna Meekosam” – has come to an end at Visakhapatnam on Saturday.

The 208-day walkathon of Naidu, which has passed through 1,253 villages, 162 mandals, five municipal corporations, 28 municipalities and 86 assembly constituencies in 16 districts covering a total distance of 2,817 km, is no doubt a record in the history of Andhra Pradesh, which no other political leader would dare do it at the age of 63.

But the question is how far this padayatra would help Naidu to bring his party back to power. Normally, there should be a tremendous upsurge in the morale of the party leaders and cadres as their leader took up such a gigantic task. Surprisingly, the party lost several of its leaders in the last six months during his walkathon.

The party faced dissensions and the leaders began quarrelling among themselves. There was no follow up action by the party leaders in the districts which he had covered during the padayatra. As a result, the party’s position remained as-is-where-is condition.

However, there is a talk in some quarters that Naidu has been able to generate some kind of positive atmosphere among the people towards the TDP. Especially, the urban youth and educated sections are expressing view that the state might come back on tracks of development if Naidu comes back to power. But it may not be enough to bring the TDP back to power.

Naidu, it is said, has not been able to attract the rural electorate, especially farmers, who are still indebted to his successor Y S Rajasekhara Reddy for providing free power to them. They still do not believe Naidu’s promise of crop loan waiver. So, it is like “Operation success but patient is dead” for Naidu. Will the patient survive?

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