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Chappal Row: Will It Help Jagan Politically?

The aggressive comments being made by YSR Congress party president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy against Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu during his ongoing tour in Anantapur district triggered a debate as to whether this kind of language would benefit him politically or not.

A section of analysts say the intemperate language would only do harm to Jagan, as it showed his immature political thinking.

“Any personalised attack, especially on the Chief Minister, would backfire since politics is not about individuals but the performance of the government. Even during the 2014 elections, Jagan personally targeted Naidu, asking people to throw him in Bay of Bengal. It only helped Naidu gain sympathy in the elections,” an analyst said.

He reminded that even during the Telangana movement, TRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao did not target any particular individual, but the entire Seemandhra leadership, when he used harsh language.

“The kind of words like “beat Naidu with chappals or brooms” will not fetch any benefit to Jagan. It might fetch a few claps from the mobilised crows, but ultimately, it shows him in poor light,” he said.

On the other hand, another analyst said there is no sweet talk in politics.

“One has to be very harsh in attacking the political rivals. Unless you adopt an aggressive stand, you cannot survive in politics. And Jagan is doing exactly the same. Nobody keeps quiet, when his party MLAs are being lured into the ruling TDP. And he has to give vent to his ire in some form or the other,” he said.

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