SOUTH FIRST VIEW: Naidu’s narrowing options

Friends and foes, commissions and omissions, haunt the TDP supremo.

ByV V P Sharma

Published Sep 22, 2023 | 8:28 PM Updated Mar 12, 2024 | 1:22 PM

Chandrababu Naidu

Things are not looking up for TDP supremo N Chandrababu Naidu.

There is a warrant out to prosecute him in the AP Fibrenet scam. The ACB Court extended his remand by two days in the multi-crore skill development case.

And the Andhra High Court Friday dismissed his quash petition.

The AP High Court being “not inclined to interfere with the impugned proceedings” is as good as writing on the wall. The agencies have a free hand to probe deeper and prosecute.

Judicial relief denied, Naidu has bigger worries in store. If YSRCP’s social media messages are anything to go by, Naidu’s son Lokesh might be questioned, too.

Should that happen, the TDP’s leadership becomes a challenge. The second rung of leaders hasn’t made its presence felt amid sporadic protests.

The antics of brother-in-law N Balakrishna are not helping matters either.

Until a few days ago, Naidu was busy bringing his flock and politics together for the coming elections. Today, he has to search for a way out of jail.

And look for friends, too — Pawan Kalyan has been silent after a dramatic announcement of an electoral tie-up with the TDP. Naidu can only speculate if that’s because of any signal from Delhi or the actor-politician’s non-serious mien.

However, the more time Naidu spends behind bars, the more the speculation about him gaining people’s sympathy.