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Politicians in our country are often loathed for their crassness in their public discourse. But they seem to be a ‘class-apart’ when it comes to ‘deft-messaging’, especially when they look for greener pastures in other political parties.
Former legislator from Vijayawada and fiery TDP leader Bonda Uma is suddenly in news these days for his bungee-jumping escapade in New Zealand. The leader, who has been keeping a low profile since his defeat in the Assembly elections, is holidaying Down Under to unwind himself, far away from the realm of politics.
As part of it, Uma posted pictures and a video of his bungee-jumping from the historic Kawarau Bridge near Queenstown in New Zealand. Netizens were quick to draw parallels between Uma’s adventures and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy’s bumgee-jumping in the past, which he performed at this very spot.
This prompted some to cheekily suggest if the TDP leader is going to follow in the footsteps of Jagan and this is a subtle-messaging as a precursor to it. But what caught everyone’s attention was the tweet that the TDP leader used to promote his bumgee-jumping.
Uma is among the leaders who are widely suspected to abandon the TDP ship sooner or later.
Following TDP’s massive poll drubbing, he is believed to be in a dilemma about his political future in the party. A few weeks ago, Uma spearheaded an initiative by a group of Kapu leaders of the TDP for ‘deliberations’ on their political prospects. In the following days, he was reportedly almost ready to join the BJP which for some reason did not materialize as speculated.
Now, tweeting about his New Zealand adventure, Uma dropped enough hints that he is up to something in the coming days. His Facebook page caption read, “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. I choose adventure!” While this has nothing much to reveal, his tweet that followed is going really viral for revealing Uma’s intentions in a more explicit manner.
Written in Telugu, it translates into English like this, “Hello Bezawada… At a time when there is intense debate on my next political move, this is how my bold, adventurous move going to be. This is just a sample..!”
Political observers see this is as a clear hint that the official spokesperson of TDP has made up his mind on leaving the party. But which party he is heading to? Well, some say, it could be a toss between the BJP and the YSRCP. But there is equally intense speculation about his inclination towards Jagan’s party. It is said that several aspects like ‘how to and where to accommodate Uma in the YSRCP’ is already in the works.
Bonda Uma was arguably one of the bitter critics of Jagan during TDP’s rule. It is a known fact that the rank and file of YSRCP was riled to no end by Uma’s choice of words and language against their leader. Despite that, the party appears to forgive him since his departure would deal a big blow to the TDP in Vijayawada.
YSRCP president and chief minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy is embarking on a private overseas visit. It is being talked about that Bonda Uma is all likely to formally join the YSRCP once Jagan is back in town from his foreign tour.
Against this backdrop, Uma could be only cleverly using his bumgee-jumping, perhaps, as a respectable wrap-around for his future political moves. So, whoever thinks politicians are mostly about brawn and no brains, this subtle-messaging is an eye-opener..!
-Durga Prasad Kanamaluru
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