It could be seen as the partial victory for former chief minister and Telugu Desam Party president N Chandrababu Naidu over the ruling YSR Congress and chief minister Jaganmohan Reddy. Chandrababu Naidu had made several attempts to beat the government in the last 100 days. Nothing worked for him except getting some mileage in the social media. He blamed the government for using the drone across his house located on the river bed during the recent floods. He saw it as a security threat to him and asked the State police not to reveal the video footage and photographs collected from the drone. There was hue and cry on the issue for a day or two, but it did not work any further.
Chandrababu Naidu also tried to blame the government for its failure to handle the floods and toured both Krishna and Guntur districts to console the inundated families. He said that several farmers have lost their crops due to mismanagement of the floods. But, this too did not work for him as the government could find a paid artist – a small time film actor – in one of the videos claiming to be a farmer and speaking against the government. This too failed for Naidu.
The TDP and Chandrababu Naidu raised the issue of non-Hindus in Tirupati including the Jerusalem tour package printed on the backside of the RTC bus tickets and the existence of Cross indicating a church in Tirumala. The TDP and Chandrababu Naidu, besides Nara Lokesh have blamed the government for allowing people of other faiths to practice in Tirupati and Tirumala. But, on enquiry, the RTC tickets were found to be printed during the TDP government, while the claim on Cross and church in Tirumala were fake.
However, the TDP and Chandrababu Naidu have found some base in their claims of TDP sympathisers being attacked by the YSR Congress sympathisers in Palnadu area, particularly from Athmakuru village. The TDP had opened a rehabilitation camp as a few villagers have deserted their homes out of fear. Chandrababu Naidu had given a State wide call of Challo Athmakuru on September 11, to lead the TDP sympathisers back to their homes. The issue received greater importance and the government is forced to act on it. The rivalry in Palnadu is as old as the history of the region. It has to be addressed properly to ensure peace prevails and people lived in harmony.