What’s common between NTR, Jayalalithaa and Chandrababu Naidu? A vow

Facing humilation by YSRCP MLAs on the floor of the AP Assembly in 2021, Naidu had made a vow that he would return there only as the CM.

ByRaj Rayasam

Published Jun 05, 2024 | 7:12 PMUpdatedJun 05, 2024 | 7:12 PM

Chandrababu Naidu with Narendra Modi and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar during NDA meeting. (X)

Revenge is a dish best served cold. This has come true in the case of TDP supremo N Chandrababu Naidu. He made mincemeat of YS Jagan Mohan Reddy’s YSRCP and is now all set to become the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh for the fourth time.

In November 2021, Naidu broke down when the then-ruling YSRCP members humiliated him on the floor of the Andhra Pradesh Assembly making objectionable comments about his wife Bhuvaneswari.

Naidu rose from his chair with folded hands and teary eyes and declared: “I will return to the House only as the chief minister one day,” apparently with an intent that he would exact revenge for the humiliation heaped on him.

That moment has come now. The revenge dish has gone as cold as is necessary for Naidu to relish.

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Similar vows by politicians

Politicians taking vows to return to the Assembly after becoming the chief minister to settle scores have a familiar ring.

In 1992, thespian NTR, sitting in the Opposition benches in the Assembly of the erstwhile undivided Andhra Pradesh, declared that he would step into the Assembly only after becoming the chief minister and then staged a grand walk out.

He was incensed over the Speaker not allowing him to speak when the discussion was raging over the killing of TDP leader and former minister Siva Reddy in Hyderabad. The Congress was in power then.

NTR did return to the Assembly as the chief minister after two years which probably had soothed his hurt feelings over the then Congress government for humiliating him by not allowing him to speak on the issue.

In March 1989, former Jayalalithaa faced humiliation in the Tamil Nadu legislative Assembly after her political guru MGR passed away. On the fateful day, there was trouble in the Assembly. The members of the DMK and AIDMK began shouting at one another.

Jayalalithaa called the then-DMK chief Karunanidhi a criminal. Incensed, Karunanidhi unleashed a torrent of invectives against her. The DMK members, taking the cue, assaulted her.

They pulled the hem of her saree to humiliate her. Deeply hurt and scorned, Jayalalithaa vowed to return to the Assembly as the chief minister.

After two years, she exacted her revenge by become the chief minster, dislodging Karunanidhi.

(Edited by Muhammed Fazil)