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New Four - Cornered Hat

No burning issue, but caste and carrots, confronts Andhra voters

New Four - Cornered Hat
P. Anil Kumar
New Four - Cornered Hat
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There are three major factors at work in the 2009 assembly elections in Andhra Pradesh. Firstly, there is no single issue that has driven the campaign; it is really an issueless campaign that has political parties and leaders striving hard to capture the imagination of voters. The second major element is the emergence of Telugu superstar Chiranjeevi’s Praja Rajyam Party (PRP) and its possible influence on the final outcome. A third imponderable is the likely impact of the populist schemes announced by the Telugu Desam Party-led Grand Alliance in the absence of any obvious incumbency disadvantage against Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy’s Congress government. The only factor that remains interesting and decisive is the final tally of the PRP—the only intriguing part in what otherwise seems to be a long, hot summer of rhetorical nothingness.

The Congress government’s development schemes in rural areas have found some resonance. The only advantage that former chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu seems to enjoy derives from an unlikely alliance with...

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