The Long and Shirt of It
Telugu Desam president Chandrababu Naidu had just entered Krishna district as part of his padayatra when Vijayawada’s Congress MP Lagadapati Rajagopal decided it was literally time that he lost his shirt. Insisting that Naidu raise a ‘Jai United Andhra’ slogan, Rajagopal tried to storm the rally and submit a petition to him when he was stopped by the police. He then barricaded himself at a Congress supporter’s house and when the cops reached there, he shed his clothes and locked himself up demanding that Naidu change his stand. TV channels, as always, had a field day showing off a “disrobed” Rajagopal. Naidu, meanwhile, made a smooth entry and also managed to draw huge crowds. As they say, for a politician any publicity is good publicity.