Rajinikanth and legacy politics: Parties and leaders may invoke past, but voters respond to present political context
Political parties like to thrive on the rich legacy of iconic leaders. Even as the Telugu Desam Party continues to assert thaint it is the true heir of NT Rama Rao's legacy, the Congress in the past and YSR Congress through Lakshmi Parvathi would like to claim a share of NTR's legacy. Similarly, the BJP through NTR's daughter D Purandeswari, would like to compete for the legacy of the late leader.
In the neighbouring Tamil Nadu, a similar mad rush is seen with Rajinikanth trying hard to appropriate MGR's legacy even as AIADMK still claims to be the true successor of MGR.