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At a time when the big names of Tollywood appeared indifferent to the arrest of TDP chief Nara Chandrababu Naidu, the embattled former chief minister found support from an unexpected quarter.
Tamil superstar Rajinikanth, known for his admiration for Naidu and currently basking in the success of his blockbuster Jailer, came forward express support for him.
He reached out to Naidu’s son and TDP general secretary Nara Lokesh, to inquire about Naidu’s well-being in jail. He fondly recalled their association and referred to him as a great friend and a fighter.
He also offered words of encouragement to Lokesh, asking him to stay strong.
Meanwhile, Jana Sena Party chief Pawan Kalyan has decided to visit Chandrababu Naidu in jail on Thursday, 14 September. The two share a great camaraderie, with the latter advocating for an Opposition alliance in the state against the dispensation of Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy.
While Pawan Kalyan is aligned with the BJP, he also seeks friendship with Naidu. However, the saffron party does not seem to favor Naidu as much as Kalyan does.
It’s akin to a circular path — Naidu is after BJP, the BJP is after Kalyan, and Kalyan is after Naidu. The movement seems to go in only one direction.
Returning to Tamil superstar Rajnikanth, he praised Naidu immensely during NTR’s birth centenary celebrations in Vijayawada on 28. He hailed Naidu as a visionary who had contributed significantly to Andhra Pradesh.
The YSRCP, a staunch opponent of Naidu, criticised Rajinikanth for commending Naidu at the birth centenary of NTR. Ministers in the YSRCP government questioned how Rajinikanth could overlook the fact that it was Naidu who wrested power from NTR, leading to his demise in 1996.
They even branded Rajinikanth as a non-entity in Andhra Pradesh, despite his popularity in Tamil Nadu.