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Sir, The dissolution of the Andhra Pradesh Assembly was not unexpected. But the call for an early poll on the plank of the naxalite issue seems odious. The Chief Minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu, is trying to cash in on the sympathy factor following the recent claymore mine attack on him. However, this time he cannot take the electorate for granted amidst brewing dissent from various sections.
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Sir, Mr. Naidu's decision implies that he has lost confidence in his computer-aided developmental activities and has joined the bandwagon of Chief Ministers who depend on extraneous factors to win elections. The BJP, which floated the idea of simultaneous Assembly and Lok Sabha polls to cut short expenditure, will have to eat humble pie if it supports Mr. Naidu's strategy.
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Sir, Going by the history in Andhra Pradesh, the sympathy factor seldom works. Had it worked, in the Assembly election that followed the dethroning of the late N.T. Rama Rao by Mr. Naidu the people would have rejected him once and for all.
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