A Move To Immobilize Venkaiah Naidu?
Visakhapatnam: Now that it is officially announced that M. Venkaiah Naidu from NDA will take on Gopalakrishna Gandhi in the vice-presidential election, the discussion has now turned on why BJP chief Amit Shah and Prime Minister Modi were keen on selecting M. Venkaiah Naidu, particularly when Naidu was reportedly not interested in that post.
Naidu, known to be the master in employing pun in his speeches and remarks, was quoted in the Telugu media as saying that he wanted to remain as Ushapathi (Usha his wife’s name) rather than Uparasthrapathi (Vice-president) in response to a query of journalists a few days ago.
Minister for Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation in Modi’s Cabinet now, Venkaiah Naidu has reached a Zenith in his political career both within the party and the government now. His prominence, particularly in the party, has been on the constant rise bolstered by his firefighting skills, oratory abilities and friendly attitude with the party cadre. He is now seen as rising BJP leader in the South with all the abilities that a national leader should have. The ever increasing political image of Naidu may pose a threat to the growth of some prominent leaders, analyse political commentators. Thought to be a smart move by the duo of Modi and Shah, the decision was seen on the plane of conspiracy against Naidu.
Another view is that the BJP would not grow in Andhra Pradesh so long as Venkaiah Naidu is in active politics considering his long cherished friendship with the Telugu Desam supremo and the AP Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu. The move by the BJP leadership to choose Venkaiah Naidu as the vice-presidential candidate from their party has reportedly been reasoned on this ground. Minus Venkaiah Naidu in the present political scenario in Andhra Pradesh, a significant swing towards YSRCP from BJP is more than likely according to this view.
What Congress did to Pranab Mukherjee when he was considered the best choice for Prime Minister at that time by many, has been done in the case Venkaiah Naidu now said a political analyst. Advani and Murali Manohar Joshi went into oblivion in the era of Modi and Shah. Despite their extraordinary political abilities, both Pranab and Naidu faced with an unprecedented treatment from their high commands when parties needed their services.