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Most Andhra Schemes Sport 'Chandranna' Monicker


Andhra Pradesh has been witnessing more or less Chandranna mania of sorts. This is being seen as an attempt to project the CM as if he is messiah of the state. AP chief minister Chandrababu Naidu is fully naming most of the government schemes programmes by himself. Seasoned politicians as well as analysts feel no other serving chief minister has ever resorted to such kind of exercise earlier. More than one dozen schemes now have Chandranna tag and the latest one being `Chandranna Bheema', which is an insurance scheme for workers.

This, in fact, earlier the TDP regimes had the tradition of naming all government schemes after its founder N T Rama Rao. With Chandranna's tag carrying more weight only two schemes such as NTR Aarogya Seva and NTR Bharosa remain of the late CM. Naidu has also outdid his Tamil Nadu counterpart J. Jayalalithaa, who names all the welfare measures as Amma schemes. It started with `Chandranna Sankranti Kanuka' and then `Chandranna Xmas Kanuka', `Chandranna Vyavasaya Kshetram' followed by `Chandranna Dalita Bata, `Chandranna Girijana Bata' as well as `Chandranna Runamela'. Even TDP cadre feel this is becoming too much!

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