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Narendra Modi invokes NTR’s legacy – Political Implications

on August 16, 2013

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Originally published on Niti Central here.

When the tsunami of emotions after the Indira Gandhi assassination helped Rajiv Gandhi sweep the Lok Sabha polls in 1984 the BJP was down to 2 seats. One of the Lok Sabha seats won by the BJP was in Gujarat. Few know and even fewer remember that the only other seat won by the BJP when hit rock bottom across India was from Hanumakonda in Andhra Pradesh. When the rest of India was flooded by the wave sympathy for the Congress, it was only Andhra Pradesh that stood firm on the plank of anti-Congressism in that election with the Telugu Desam Party emerging as the largest Opposition Party in the Lok Sabha with 30 seats. The man behind that anti-Congress shield was popular Telugu Actor and upstart Politician Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao or NTR as he is popularly known.  NTR’s rise in…

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