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NETA’S NATTER | SUPPORTERS FLEE WHEN BAD TIMES ROLL IN

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Published Dec 4, 2022, 12:42 am IST
Updated Dec 4, 2022, 12:42 am IST
Such are the circumstances surrounding TRS MLC Kalvakuntla Kavitha, daughter of Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao, whose name has come up in the ED’s remand report on one of the accused in the Delhi liquor scam case. (Subhani Cartoons)
 Such are the circumstances surrounding TRS MLC Kalvakuntla Kavitha, daughter of Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao, whose name has come up in the ED’s remand report on one of the accused in the Delhi liquor scam case. (Subhani Cartoons)

 

Such are the circumstances surrounding TRS MLC Kalvakuntla Kavitha, daughter of Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao, whose name has come up in the ED’s remand report on one of the accused in the Delhi liquor scam case. After this development on Wednesday, Kavitha’s PR staff announced the next day that she would be speaking to the media at 8.30 am, to respond to the news of her name appearing in the ED remand report. But the promised interaction did not begin till 10 in the morning, leaving everyone to wonder why. Questions began doing the rounds with speculation going haywire. It was believed that some ministers and TRS MLAs would arrive to be seen standing with Kavitha, expressing solidarity, while she spoke with the media. But this did not happen. Only one MLA and two MLCs, that too from the erstwhile Karimnagar district, turned up at around 10 am, after which, Kavitha finally appeared before the media. The experience was different from the day in August last when the BJP, BJYM and the BJP Mahila Morcha workers tried to lay siege on Kavitha’s residence in Banjara Hills. Immediately after the BJP’s West Delhi MP Parvesh Verma and former BJP MLA Manjinder Singh alleged that Kavitha had a role in the Delhi liquor scam, a group of ministers and MLAs under GHMC limits were seen at her house, expressing solidarity. So, what has changed in just four months? Supporters, unlike diamonds, are not forever.

EX-MAYOR SPREADS RUMOURS FOR PUBLICITY

Limelight is like oxygen for politicians. Remove public discussions and coverage about them, and they struggle like a fish out of water. Politicians go gasping to great lengths to become the talk of the town. A case in point is former Hyderabad mayor Bonthu Rammohan, who is apparently feeling lost, with no one really talking about him. Hey presto! His wife, Bonthu Sridevi, a GHMC corporator representing the TRS, complained about how Cherlapally MLA Bethi Subhash Reddy, of the same party, was not only neglecting her division but also hatching a plan to kill her. Her allegations not only sent the media into a tizzy, but also got the attention of party bosses. But they soon realised there was no truth to her allegations. She was warned not to indulge in anti-party activities, but guess who was happy about being back in the news. Even while this false allegation was being sorted out, news was “planted” that Rammohan had been picked up by the CBI, which too turned out to be false. The party, reeling under several of its leaders coming under increasing scrutiny from the income-tax department, ED and CBI, quickly did some digging and found that the former mayor could have been the source of the rumour that he had been picked up. To his discomfiture, the TRS figured out that he was attempting strong-arm tactics to push for his own candidature for the Uppal constituency ticket in the next elections. A party axe, it is learnt, is being ground to a fine edge to take action against him. When the blow will fall  is the question doing rounds within the party.

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