Chandrababu breaks down in a presser; vows to return to Assembly only as CM
The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) National president N. Chandrababu Naidu broke into tears and wept over “unsavoury remarks” allegedly made against his wife by the ruling YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) members in the Assembly, on Friday.
While stating that Speaker Tammineni Sitaram did not allow him to condemn the comments made against his wife, Mr. Naidu broke down at the press conference which came as a shock to many. Wiping down the tears, the Opposition leader asserted that his wife showed least interest in politics. “She never accompanied me unless requested to follow the protocol. She has no knowledge of who is who in the TDP,” he said.
The Speaker, who should have stopped the comments, did not utter a word. I will leave it to his prudence, and he should introspect, Mr. Naidu said, adding that he would enter the Assembly only as a Chief Minister.
Recalling that he worked with many stalwarts at national level, Mr. Naidu said that posts were not new. “The TDP always strived for the people and the State. The TDP always has priority for the values. During the last two and half years, there were many criticisms and counter criticisms”. Neither as a ruling party nor as an Opposition party had such worst experiences being faced like this, he said.
Also, today’s incident and scenes from the Assembly point to a complete lack of order or respect in AP politics where the current ruling party has normalised use of verbal abuse, voyeurism and casual sexual innuendos in daily political language. Not just that but, today is an example of the worst AP has been degrading into — more so a failed state. Where the state will head from here is open to guesswork!
TEJASWINI PAGADALA is an independent communications consultant. She has previously worked with the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister’s Office as the Communications Officer where she has written English speeches for the CM, managed English media communication from the CMO and handled social media accounts of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and the Government.