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2019-07-25T07:44:08.535Z25-07-2019 2019-07-25T07:43:55.983Z - - 09-04-2020
Social media is like a double-edged sword: It bares the hidden truth on many issues where the governments or politicos try hard to conceal the facts. But at times, it also becomes a devastating tool in the hands of vested interests to build opinions on baseless information and drag their targets into a needless controversy.
A speculative piece of news going viral on the Internet in the last few days insinuates that Tollywood top star Jr NTR could be welcomed into the YSRCP fold. Some websites have gone to the extent of suggesting that a few key YSRCP leaders close to the actor have put a proposal before Chief Minister and YSRCP president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy to this effect.
This was preceded by equally interesting reports claiming that the YSRCP government in Andhra Pradesh could appoint Jr NTR as its ambassador along with ace shuttler P V Sindhu. The AP government hasn’t chosen till this moment to either acknowledge or deny these reports.
It’s common knowledge that Kodali Nani, a minister in Jagan’s cabinet, is a staunch JR NTR loyalist. The YSRCP strongman in Krishna district has produced a few Jr NTR films in collaboration with Vallabhaneni Vamsi, a TDP legislator from Gannavaram. Also, Jr NTR’s father-in-law Narne Srinivasa Rao is presently a YSRCP leader having switched his loyalties from Chandrababu Naidu to Jaganmohan Reddy before the elections.
This has obviously given wings to the speculation that the Tollywood star and Nandamuri scion could be roped into Jagan’s party, especially after the TDP’s humiliating defeat in elections. Interestingly, both the YSRCP and the TDP are mum on these spicy scoops which as of now remain in the realm of mere speculation.
However, a counter view point with a curious analogy is also doing the rounds on the social media. These reports suspect that there could be a hidden political agenda behind the latest campaign surrounding Jr NTR and his possible links with the YSRCP. According to them, it could be a ‘ploy’ aimed at branding the hero as a ‘friend of YSRCP’ and there by alienating the charismatic NTR-descendant from the TDP.
Soon after the TDP’s poll drubbing, there was intense debate on the social media on who could be the potential alternative to Chandrababu Naidu to lead the party into future. There were demands from many disheartened TDP loyalists that time is ripe for Jr NTR to take the centre-stage and help the party come back to power in 2024. These reactions of impulse in the immediate aftermath of the elections turned out to be a bitter pill to swallow for those siding with Nara Lokesh.
The latest buzz on Jr NTR links with the YSRCP is being seen against this very backdrop. According to these ‘Internet pundits of political predictions’, the news surrounding Jr NTR is part of a deep-rooted design. The game, in their view, is very simple: Keep fanning news about Jr NTR’s so-called ‘proximity to the YSRCP’ and create a negative image among the TDP activists on the ground. And if that happens, it would help Lokesh emerge as the undisputed option to succeed Chandrababu Naidu.
The amount of unconfirmed information presently circulating around in the social media should be a reason enough for the Andhra Pradesh government to come out with its clarification. After all, it’s not a matter to hide if the appointment of Jr NTR as the state’s ambassador is really in the works. It would also be in the best interest of the Tollywood biggie to break his silence and put the speculations at rest before too many conspiracy theories appear on the horizon.
-Durga Prasad Kanamaluru
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