Chiru role of Chiranjeevi in Telugu Politics ఏప్రిల్ 1, 2008Posted by bharath in Art, Deccan, Telangana.
Chiranjeevi factor is speculated more to add spice to otherwise dull political situation of Andhra Pradesh. Because gossip of mid term polls of the country is turned into all time best joke, TRS resignations is no more news, mid term polls reduced to 20 MLA plus MP seats, and unaffected one-man show or marathon of YSR sop. Many political parties are wooing the uncertain Chirnajeevi and claim to be his ally, revealing if not anything, that they had no takers so far or that they were just waiting all through for this moment.
It is true that Chiranjeevi became a big actor against all odds in a casteist telugu film industry. But all poetry apart, reality seems to be different because of Chiranjeevi’s limited regional appeal and severe constraints of a particular caste identirty and his die-hard cinema identity of being casteist and anti telangana. After all, critics say, he can at best talk of a Chiru Rajya and never think of promising a Ram Rajya in alliance with Congress or TDP. Its not clear whom he is going to benefit finally -YSR or Chandrababu Naidu. He cannot talk much of Telangana with all his past of being an andhra cinema actor, and his nephew Bunny talking so big about Polavaram dam or his brother Pavan with anti Telangana fights & stunts against Hyderabad “villains” in Bhadri or many films the whole family is identifed with for years.
Chiranjeevi has more contraints to break before he can promise anything that any sensible voter across regions could take him seriously.
Find interesting reports (R Akhileswari, Deccan Herald/ GS Vasu, New Indian Express/ GVL Narsimha Rao, livemint.com) on hype and reality of limited, Chiru, impact of chiranjeevi politics
Chiranjeevi may change the scene
R Akhileshwari, Hyderabad
Chiranjeevis reputation as pro-common man, and importantly, his belonging to the powerful Kapu community are believed to draw voters to him especially in the coastal Andhra region.
An interesting but complex situation prevails in Andhra Pradesh, the only major state where Congress is in power and where it is in a dominant position vis a vis other political parties. This state can also boast of a performance-oriented government led by a chief minister. Yet, Congress finds itself pushed to the wall on a contentious issue.
The issue in question is the statehood for Telangana, a commitment that Congress made in its election manifesto in 2004 when it faced an uphill task of beating a strongly entrenched Telugu Desam Party. Chief minister Rajasekhara Reddy convinced the party high command that the development work that his government has undertaken in the backward Telangana region would subsume the separtist sentiment. Besides, the demand for a separate Telangana was limited to a few districts and therefore, there was no need to fear a backlash for failure to keep a promise.
But these calculations were upset with the resignation of 23 MPs, MLAs and MLCs belonging to the Telangana Rashtra Samiti, from their posts last week to pressurise Congress into granting a separate Telangana state. Almost overnight, TRS has gained political ground. This step also prompted Telangana leaders in other parties, notably Congress and Telugu Desam Party which supports a unified state, come out in support of Telangana statehood.
Rao’s appeal to leaders of other parties led to the speculation of Congress and TDP splitting on the issue, but another factor is keeping the two parties glued. This is the Chiranjeevi factor. The highly popular film star has been toying with the idea of launching a political party for some time now. In the last three months, it has gathered momentum and it is giving sleeeples nights to both Congress and TDP, forcing them to re-formulate their electoral strategies. Besides glamour, Chiranjeevi’s reputation as pro-common man, and importantly, his belonging to the powerful Kapu community are believed to draw voters to him especially in the coastal Andhra region.
Early elections in October-November or as scheduled in early 2009, Andhra Pradesh promises to produce keen contest.
Source: Deccan Herald, March 9, 2008
No clear political space for Chiranjeevi
Sunday February 24 2008 00:00 IST
G S VASU
HYDERABAD: What would happen if superstar Chiranjeevi floated a party ahead of the next elections?The actor’s political graph might not quite be congruent with those that his runaway box-office hits have plotted on the Tollywood charts. For, unlike his movies which mint money across Andhra Pradesh, Chiranjeevi the politician might make a big impact only in parts of the coastal region.Data gathered early this year in the wake of widespread speculation over the actor’s entry into politics suggests interesting scenarios: a) the actor might gain seats mainly in the two north coastal districts of Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam and the paddy-rich East and West Godavari; b) the influence in districts towards the south of the coast is limited; and c) it is negligible in both Rayalaseema and Telangana.In other words, he might not be able to obliterate either the ruling Congress or the Telugu Desam but could nevertheless unsettle the equations of both the principal parties.What is also significant is that opinion is equally divided on which of the two main parties would be most affected by the actor’s entry, with around 30 percent saying he could hurt Congress more and an equal number of the view that the TDP would be hit harder.In Visakhapatnam, for example, a few seats held currently by the Congress as well as Telugu Desam might go the way of the new party if it comes into being.Ditto with East and West Godavari. But not many in Nellore or Kurnool or Karimnagar are giving the thumbs up to a new formation, as yet.Political observers feel that the main reason for the new party’s influence being limited to a few coastal districts is the sort of caste identity that it has acquired even before taking birth, quite different from the mass appeal that N T Rama Rao was able to generate when he floated the Telugu Desam in the 80s.Added to this is the absence of a clear political space unlike in the 80s when the Congress was the only main party. Two decades down the line, even as Congress and TDP slug it out in the main ring, the BJP and the Communists have their own side bouts, and the Telangana Rashtra Samithi is emerging as an important player in the region.The Chiranjeevi camp too, sources disclosed, is concerned about the caste dimension, which has come to play a crucial role in the political game in Andhra Pradesh.Not surprisingly, the tinsel hero himself has been walking on eggshells as regards his political entry – and his aides drop a few hints now and then at informal meetings, as if to test the waters.But, for now, they seem to be as confused as anyone else in trying to decipher the political arithmetic, just as ordinary folk are often left bemused by Telugu movie scripts.source: new indian express, 24 feb 2008
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