Chandrababu Naidu: A Case Of Missed Opportunity
Hyderabad: A politician who could have become a statesman but refusing to do so is Nara Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. As days pass by, he has been shrinking in stature because of his competitive politics.
Naidu has been chief minister for a record number of years. He was CM in undivided AP from 1995 to 2004. He became chief minister again, albeit of a truncated residual state of AP in June 2014. There has been no change in his attitude to politics or political or moral values. Means are not important for him but only ends matter. He stoops to any low to score a political point. And he wants to score points every day. In the process he takes unavoidable risks and uses all his time and resources to overcome the problems. There is no political philosophy or public policy that guide his actions.
People of AP made him chief minister in 2014 on account of his age and experience. He should have used the opportunity in building infrastructure for the new capital- Amaravati. Instead of being transparent and accountable, he has been indulging in bluffing the people by making false promises and tall claims. Opposition leader YS Jagan Mohan Reddy is inexperienced and emotional. Naidu could have treated him in a decent way and impressed the people with his maturity and generosity. He should have been cheerful conducting inclusive policies. Instead, he had been picking up quarrels and treating the opposition members unfairly and shabbily. He never organized an all-party meeting in more than two-and-half years of rule. He never invited YS Jagan for consultation on any of the major decision. He never took all-party delegation to Delhi to demand special status or implementation of provisions of AP Bifurcation Act 2014. He has been acting alone. Even the TDP leaders are not being consulted on any policy matter.
Naidu has been fire-fighting all the time running the administration and the party according to his whims and fancy. He has been vindictive towards the opposition instead of being accommodative. The attitude of the main opposition, YSRCP, is dictated by the attitude of the CM.
When opposition leader YS Jagan spoke strongly with the collector of Krishna district, a criminal case was booked against him. When YSRCP MP Mithun Reddy had an altercation with an airport employee at Tirupati, he was implicated in a criminal case. But when the ruling party MPs and MLAs misbehave with officials, no case is booked. This is the blatant bias Naidu has been deliberately showing by throwing all the democratic norms to the wind.
The latest example of no action being taken against the offenders if they happen to be MPs or MLAs from the TDP is that of abuses being heaped on highly respected and straight forward IPS officer Bala Subrahmanyam, the Transport Commissioner. TDP MP and owner of a transport company Kesineni Srinivas (Nani), MLA Bonda Umamaheswara Rao and MLC Buddha Venkanna have gone to transport office and abused the commissioner. Bonda Uma has pushed the home guard who was protecting the Commissioner.
Naidu counseled his MP, MLA and MLC on the next and made them say sorry before the cameras. They said they were saying sorry because the chief minister asked them to do so. The infuriated IPS officer had to swallow his pride and leave the issue at that. Chevireddy Bhaskar Reddy, a YSRCP MLA, sat on fast on Monday morning. He was removed to police station. The opposition MLAs were prevented from meeting him. Bhaskar Reddy’s whereabouts were not known till evening, when the police released him. All this drama has shown the CM and his administration in poor light.
In the process, the chief minister is emerging as a leader of a ruling party which has no idealistic agenda. He is not perceived as a leader of the people of AP, irrespective of caste or creed. It is a pity that a politician who once played an important role in national politics, in the selection of at least two prime ministers, should indulge in petty politics and end up as a leader of no consequence.