Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao had talked about the return gift to his Andhra Pradesh counterpart Chandrababu Naidu. He meant he would work for the defeat of Chandrababu Naidu in AP as Naidu did that for him in Telangana. It was just a simple comment by KCR when he addressed the media immediately after the results were out. It was a reply to a question by one of the journalists.
But, this simple statement had gone viral in the media with people in the two Telugu States talking about the gift. Even Chandrababu Naidu had to talk about this return gift. He talked about it at his Ongole meeting first and then at Visakhapatnam meeting later. While saying that he is not afraid of anyone, Chandrababu Naidu’s reference to the alleged collision between the TRS and the YSR Congress indicates the fears that he has ahead of the elections.
Chandrababu Naidu is good at branding his rivals as conspirators. When he was with the BJP, he had accused the YSR Congress of having alliance or understanding with the Congress. Now, being in the company of the Congress, he is accusing the YSR Congress of having understanding or alliance with the BJP. Surprisingly, the media in Andhra Pradesh, which is sold out to the TDP, also speaks the same.
Neither the media nor the leader himself realise that the peoples’ memory is not too short as they believe. With the presence of the social media, the statements of Chandrababu Naidu, or any leader for that matter, are available for ready reference. The statements of Chandrababu Naidu in the past are being widely circulated in the media exposing his change of stand on core issues from time to time that suits his political interests.
All these issues are now the talk of the people, in private or in groups. People are talking about the possibility of TRS supremo working for the defeat of Chandrababu Naidu in the next elections. This is what the return gift that people of AP are expecting from Chandrasekhar Rao.