While the chief ministers of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh are known competitors, their acolytes are also competing in a parallel contest – sycophancy.
While many ministers and legislators touched Andhra chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu’s feet as he stepped into his new office at the temporary secretariat at Velagapudi, ministers in Telangana are taking a different approach.
On Monday, Telangana deputy CM Mahmood Ali performed a ‘Palabhishekam’ to a photo of chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao at Charminar in Old City.
When asked about it, Mahmood Ali said that he did that to celebrate KCR being ranked first in the ‘ease of doing business’ rating along with Andhra, that was released by the Centre on Monday.
However, this is not an isolated incident.
Telangana MP Balka Suman gathered with some other party leaders at TRS Bhavan in Hyderabad this week after KCR was rated the most ‘popular’ CM, to undertake a similar exercise of pouring milk over his poster.
He has been known to do it in the past too.
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Telangana Minister (Law, Housing, Endowments) Allola Indrakaran Reddy, who defected to the TRS after winning on a BSP seat, also performed a Palabhishekam to a poster, after the Nirmal district was granted in early October.