“When the going gets tough, tough gets going.” – Saying
Ever since the Telangana movement got aggressive Nara Chandrababu Naidu maintained silence and went behind the screens. He found it tough to manage his party (TDP) as it has presence in all the three regions of Andhra Pradesh – Coastal Andhra, Rayalaseema and Telangana. Erstwhile PRP leader, Chiranjeevi took a firm stand against Telangana as he did not have any presence in Telangana region and subsequently merged his party in Congress.
Both late Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy (YSR) and Nara Chandrababu Naidu are powerful leaders from the state of Andhra Pradesh. When YSR was alive he handled the state well and ensured its progress. Due to the death of a great leader like YSR several problems cropped up within the state.
Presently Naidu is facing lot of heat and his leadership skills are under test as how he will survive Telangana crisis. What would he do? Would he bat for Telangana? If so, he would lose his political base in both Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema. If he bats for united Andhra Pradesh, he loses his political base in Telangana and he almost lost his base now. Therefore, he is in dilemma how to handle the current political scenario. It is the tough times that produce the great leaders as the real leadership skills emerge during crisis. I am sure Naidu will display his political acumen and leadership skills to survive the current Telangana crisis and emerge as a strong leader. In the present position no party gains in Telangana region except Telangana Rastra Samithi (TRS) which is banking on Telangana sentiment. We have to wait and see how long the sentiment lasts.
Currently Naidu maintains neutrality in Telangana issue. He clearly instructed his party leaders from all regions to act as per local sentiments and proceed. However, he must come forward more aggressively and lead from front to get out of the crisis in Andhra Pradesh. He is a visionary leader who is responsible for the present growth of Hyderabad. He cannot afford to sit idle and watch when Hyderabad is sliding back due to 'bandhs' and agitations. Naidu must remember that people will appreciate leaders who make bold decisions. During American Civil War Abraham Lincoln fought against the division of America and became a martyr. America is currently united as a country and the credit goes to the Lincoln’s leadership. Similarly Naidu must display his amazing leadership skills and come forward to give a new direction to Andhra Pradesh as there are no other leaders to match his leadership skills currently. In this context, we must remember the fact that the leaders who divided countries and regions went into the dustbins of history while the leaders who championed for unity remained as great leaders. Hence, I implore Naidu to lead from front to provide a new direction to the state of Andhra Pradesh and once again prove himself as a great leader.
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