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Ntr Stars Again

The toppled TDP leaders shows signs of recouping

Ntr Stars Again
Ntr Stars Again
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Nothing pumps the adrenalin like mass adulation. Despite having been ousted from power through a coup by son-in-law Chandrababu Naidu, N.T. Rama Rao is riding high. The surging crowds which visit his Banjara Hills residence every day, and the return of 14 Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MLAs led by his other son-in-law, Dr Venkateswara Rao, have brought back the glow of confidence to the ageing patriarch's face. “I have the support of the people and that is what is most important,” he says, reassured.

There is every reason for NTR to be upbeat. His favourite son-in-law is back. His supporters no longer show any ill-will towards his wife, Lakshmi Parvati. His eldest son, Jayakrishna, has expressed support, exhorting the MLAs with Chandrababu Naidu to return and to refrain from “clipping the wings of a bird about to fly.” The MLAs who had deserted him are now sending feelers. It has taken only six weeks for the founder of the TDP to re-emerge from political oblivion.

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