The ruling TRS is worried over the rising tide of public anger against its key leaders. The leaders, who were till now considered invincible and hugely popular, are being gheraoed and their convoys are being stopped by angry youths. This was unimaginable a year ago, say TRS sources. The party wants to study the reasons for such anger and frustration and take corrective steps.
It all started with the chief minister himself. A number of youths broke the security cardon and staged a protest when chief minister KCR visited Nizamabad on September 5. The protests were led by student organisations. The security officials were flummoxed when the students broke the cardon and showed placards to the chief minister.
TRS working president KTR has faced several such protests. He faced angry crowds Venkatraopalli in Mustabad mandal on June 15, Metpalli on September 15 and on September 11 in Khammam. The protesters raised issues like problems of students, unemployment and non-fulfilment of election eve promises. On July 31, he faced strong protests in Narayanpet.
Minister Satyavathi Rathod too faced protests in Mulug recently. Quite interestingly, she faced protests from her own partymen. They did not want her to enter Mulug. Otherwise popular Harish Rao too faced protests on September 20 when he went to Kondapaka in Gajwel constituency. The people chanted protests saying that the welfare schemes were given to people with questionable credentials. This spate of protests is unnerving the TRS leadership.
With just a year to go for the elections, the party is worried that these protests, if unchecked, could gather momentum and engulf the whole state. It is being said that the party is now looking for ways and means to cool off the public anger.
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