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Chiranjeevi and the Coming Polls in Andhra Pradesh

There are similarities and contrasts between N T Rama Rao's entry into politics in 1982 and that of Chiranjeevi in 2008. But the real impact of the Chiranjeevi factor in the 2009 assembly elections may well be in upsetting the caste base of the Congress and Telugu Desam, leading to a hung assembly and the emergence of a coalition government for the first time in Andhra Pradesh.

Chiranjeevi's Entry into Andhra Pradesh Politics

Helped by an enthusiastic media, Telugu film star Chiranjeevi's entry into Andhra Pradesh politics became the most talked about event in the state. However, the star has carefully avoided criticising prominent politicians in the state. Moreover, he has failed to take a strong stand on issues like special economic zones, caste and the demand for Telangana. In order to appeal to the people, he needs to be seen to be leading a fight against the "villainy" of the prominent politicians and the various social "evils".
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