Thursday, Dec 09, 2021
Outlook.com
Opinion

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
outlookindia.com
-0001-11-30T00:00:00+05:53

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 the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) and the Left. The TRS demands a separate state of Telangana, while the Left parties have traditionally been hostile to the idea. Their coming together might signal short-term political pragmatism, but the alliance is certain to come under severe strain after the elections. The TRS went with the Congress in 2004 and its alliance with the TDP will afford the latter some electoral benefits in Telangana. The Left also has pockets of support in the region, and together, the Grand Alliance is certain to put pressure on the Congress there.

In the rest of the state, especially in Andhra and Rayalaseema, the contest will be a three-cornered one between the Congress, the Grand Alliance and the PRP. Chiranjeevi’s party has come to articulate the aspirations of the Kapu community, the single largest community in AP, who have, for long, resented the dominance of the Kamma community represented by the TDP and its leadership. Traditionally with the Congress, the Kapus are certain to vote for the PRP. The PRP has not been free of troubles either. Its lack of an organisational structure, recent desertions by senior members and mismanagement in ticket distribution has compounded its woes. Some dissatisfied Kapu voters are likely to return to the Congress fold, but their numbers might not be considerable. The Kamma vote deserted the TDP in 2004, but the PRP’s emergence is likely to bring them back to vote for the TDP, especially in southern AP and in pockets of its stronghold in coastal districts. But despite implosions within the PRP, it is likely to get a sizable chunk of the Kapu votes.

Outlook Newsletters

Read More from Outlook

Bipin Rawat Chopper Crash | A Nation Mourns

Bipin Rawat Chopper Crash | A Nation Mourns

The IAF helicopter which crashed near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu, was flying from Sulur Airbase to Wellington with 14 personnel including senior officials on board.

Obituary | CDS General Bipin Rawat - A Saga Of Valour And Excellence

Obituary | CDS General Bipin Rawat - A Saga Of Valour And Excellence

General Bipin Laxman Singh Rawat held the status of a four star general of the Indian Army. He took over as the 27th Chief of Army Staff (COAS) on December 17, 2016.

Ashes, 1st Test, Day 2 LIVE: Robinson Gets Harris Early

Ashes, 1st Test, Day 2 LIVE: Robinson Gets Harris Early

Get here live cricket scores of day 2 of the first Ashes Test between Australia vs England in Brisbane.

IAF’s Mi-17V5: All About The Helicopter That Crashed Carrying India First CDS Bipin Rawat

IAF’s Mi-17V5: All About The Helicopter That Crashed Carrying India First CDS Bipin Rawat

IAF’s Mi-17V5 helicopter is one of the most advanced military aircrafts equipped with advanced technology to help it to traverse adverse climatic and war situations.