Politicians, as a class, are adept at many things, especially those who have tasted some success and are no longer wannabe leaders but have enjoyed the fruits of their labour. Some among these are also those apparently adept at counting their chickens before they hatch. Such, now, is the case with several leaders of the TRS. While TRS president and Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao, who has an intense distaste for gambling, has been playing his cards close to his chest on the subject of launching a national party that could challenge the BJP, this has not stopped a few in the TRS from day-dreaming about their political prospects in Delhi as part of a non-BJP government and assuming higher positions at the national level. This bout of extreme hope gained some momentum after KCR’s remarks at the TRSLP meeting in Telangana Bhavan last month that many of the party MPs, MLAs and MLCs would become Union ministers, Governors and ambassadors of various countries. Surely, this prophecy was greeted with surprise and even some well-hidden skepticism by the attendees at the meeting. But hope rose slowly when the TRS supremo reminded them about what he said way back in 2001 that those who joined the TRS then would go on to become MPs, ministers, MLAs and MLCs. “Then too some laughed at me,” KCR told his flock. And so began this new-found optimism among TRS’s inner coterie.
ROJA DEPLOYS ABUSE TO GARNER POLITICAL POINTS
When it comes to taking down an opponent, politicians believe the trick is to fire some well-aimed, and well-timed, barbs and maybe even some strong fighting words. But, at times, the desire to do so ends up in employing some bad language. Joining the ranks of no-holds-barred verbal attacks on her political rivals, or rather those from the opposition TD recently, has been minister R.K. Roja in Andhra Pradesh.
Roja, who was once considered a firebrand leader, particularly after her one-year suspension from the AP Legislative Assembly, when the TD led by N. Chandrababu Naidu was in power, appears to have chosen to follow her fellow YSRC leaders such as Kodali Nani and Jogi Ramesh in her attempts to take down rivals including Nara Lokesh, calling him a “person without an address”, which of course sounds pretty coarse in Telugu, the language she said that in. Then came some pretty unprintable stuff about cats and their droppings, and Roja issued a stern warning to Lokesh declaring that she could get him thrashed if he criticised Chief Minster Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy. Just so she stays in “good company” in terms of unprintable vocabulary, she proceeded to defend Nani for using strong words against Naidu and Lokesh. Amidst all this, it is the Telugu language that is getting a beating, even as ministers and their rivals continue to harangue each other.
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