The residuary state of Andhra Pradesh is having its opposition leaders, right from the beginning, as visiting politicians. The trend continues even in the second term of the State’s bifurcation.
It was the first opposition leader Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, who stayed most of his time in Hyderabad and was a visiting politician to the State. He lived in Hyderabad and visited Amaravati only to attend the Assembly meetings for two years and he returned to the Assembly only as chief minister. He had built his own house and the party office at Tadepalli and moved there finally just before the elections.
It is now the turn of former chief minister and opposition leader N Chandrababu Naidu to turn into a visiting politician. Though he was the chief minister for five years and had shifted the capital from Hyderabad to Vijayawada four years ago, he did not have his house built here. He chose to stay in a rented house on the banks of river Krishna, though in violation of the laws of the land. He and his Telugu Desam Party leaders used to criticise Jaganmohan Reddy as a guest politician to the State during the last five years.
While Jagnamohan Reddy had his own house built in the capital, Chandrababu Naidu no house to stay here, except the rented one. Since his defeat in the elections, he moved to Hyderabad and he is there every weekend. He is leaving Vijayawada on every Friday and coming back on Monday. His son Nara Lokesh too does not stay in the state as they don’t own a house here. Both the father and son, or rather the president and general secretary of the TDP, the opposition party, live in Hyderabad and come here after the weekend stay.
The TDP leaders, who nailed their previous opposition leader, Jaganmohan Reddy, as visiting politician or guest politician, are doing the same while sitting in the opposition.