Telugu Desam Party cruised to a remarkable victory in Andhra Pradesh. The party and its allies won 164 out of the 175 constituencies in Andhra Pradesh Assembly and won 21 out of the 25 Parliament seats.

Chandrababu Naidu emerged as Kingmaker with the next Government needing his support.

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Congratulatory Messages are pouring in for Chandrababu from a quarters and there is one from Junior NTR as well.

“ప్రియమైన @ncbn మావయ్యకి ఈ చారిత్రాత్మకమైన విజయాన్ని సాధించిందుకు నా హృదయపూర్వక శుభాకాంక్షలు… మీ ఈ విజయం ఆంధ్రప్రదేశ్ రాష్ట్రాన్ని అభివృద్ధి పథం వైపున నడిపిస్తుందని ఆశిస్తున్నాను. అద్భుతమైన మెజారిటీతో గెలిచిన @naralokesh కి, మూడోసారి ఘన విజయం సాధించిన బాలకృష్ణ బాబాయికి, MPలుగా గెలిచిన @sribharatm కి, @PurandeswariBJP అత్తకి నా శుభాకాంక్షలు. అలాగే ఇంతటి ఘనవిజయం సాధించిన @PawanKalyan గారికి కూడా నా హృదయపూర్వక శుభాకాంక్షలు,” NTR posted on X.

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NTR has maintained strategic silence over politics in the last five years.

There is a section which feels NTR is the real heir of TDP and he is robbed of that opportunity. They shout ‘CM…CM’ slogans wherever he goes.

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They even take the side of YSR Congress and abuse Chandrababu and Lokesh day in day out.

But the problem is NTR is busy with films and the Opposition does not wait until he is ready.

2009 is the last time NTR has campaigned for TDP. After that he distanced himself completely from the party.

TDP cadre, however, always had their love and respect for NTR.

But what happened between 2019 and 2024 is indigestible for them.

NTR sounded very diplomatic when he was forced to release a message when NTR’s daughter (Bhuvaneshwari) was abused in the Assembly.

He responded on Jagan’s decision to change the name of NTR University. He equated NTR and YSR and gave another diplomatic statement which only angered the True TDP cadre.

He was nowhere when Chandrababu got arrested. The party was facing an existential crisis. The whole family including the ladies who were never out in politics hit the roads and were helping the party. But Junior was no where.

When asked about supporting TDP in 2024, Kalyan Ram went on to say they will discuss in the family and take a decision.

This answer has hurt the TDP cadre very much.

So, this congratulatory message will not heal any of their wounds.

NTR is TDP’s past. He is not the party’s present or the future.

Relations are only when you stand by the family in thick and thin. Only opportunistic people will stay at distance in difficult times and come to congratulate in success.

NTR should have avoided this tweet too. It will serve no purpose and will only showcase him in poor light.

NTR has bright future in films. Luckily for him, TDP cadre will continue to support him in films.

He can have political ambitions but probably, TDP cadre will not welcome him.

Lokesh already impressed the cadre by standing by them in difficult times. During the tyranical rule of 2019-24, he was one call away to the cadre and leaders.

He also proved himself with Yuvagalam Padyatra and by winning a record 91,500 Majority in a toughest seat like Mangalagiri.

After Chandrababu, it is Lokesh for the cadre and the party.