The Downfall Of faction & rowdy Politics In AP

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Telugu politics, apart from its crests and troughs, has gone through some of the bloodiest and most violent phases in the last 5 decades due to factionism and rowdyism becoming an inherent part of it. This amalgamation has kept few leaders powerful while rendering their rivals powerless.    

For instance, take Rayalaseema's faction wards. In Anantapur district, Paritala Ravindra ruled it and later, joined the Telugu Desam Party. On the other hand, J.C. Diwakar Reddy, who was in the Congress, was the uncrowned king of the district. However, the killing of Paritala Ravi gave undue advantage to the JC brothers. But, years later, the death of Y.S Rajasekhar Reddy and the violence leading to the bifurcation of the state, eventually forced J.C Diwakar Reddy and his brother to bow down to the TDP and join the party. Despite the JC family's turf wars with the Paritala family, they gave up their old rivalry to join the TDP to rebuild their political empire in the district.  

Similarly, another example is how Jammalamadugu's factionism almost diminished. When Adinarayana Reddy joined the Telugu Desam Party from the YSR Congress, he had to come to terms with his arch rival Rama Subba Reddy and put a full-stop to 40-year-old faction history between the two families. The party high command has made it clear that their rivalry cannot prolong if they have to survive in politics.

In Andhra, however, Vangaveeti Ranga image still stands tall. Despite being in the centre of political violence and perpetrating it through his henchmen, he rose to become a popular Kapu leader while he competed against TDP's Nehru. However, the battle between these two leaders eventually became a caste war between the Kapus and the Kammas, which still reverberates in Vijayawada. However, Ranga's son, Vangaveeti Radha's announcement of joining the TDP could put an end to the violence that these cults relied on.

Going by all the three examples, it clearly indicates that the future of politics in Andhra Pradesh is diminishing the role of factionism or rowdyism. What has taken over is the need for leaders/politicians to be in power and that is fading out age-old wars between various factions. This means leaders have to look for opportunities and parties which will sustain them in politics for a long time and hang onto such chances. Hence, this also marks the death of ideologies and the rise of leaders just wanting to be in power. The future of politics will not rely on ideologies but about who is in power and who is fighting for it - a situation of Ruling Party Vs. the Opposition Party.

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