Chandrababu Packed His Cabinet With Aggressive Voices
Amaravati: Having seen the failure of Ministers in countering the opposition aggressively during the last two and a half years, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu had packed the Cabinet this time with more aggressive and assertive voices. So far the Chief Minister had just one voice of K Atchennaidu to attack the Opposition more aggressively. He is now backed by four more aggressive voices for the next half of the term to go.
The inclusion of Kaluva Srinivasulu, Somireddi Chandramohan Reddy, Nakka Ananda Babu and Pithani Satyanarayana from his own party and C Adinarayana Reddy and D Amaranadha Reddy from the YSR Congress had now made the Cabinet stronger and aggressive in countering the Opposition. Though senior leaders like K Kalavenkata Rao, are taken into the Cabinet, the Chief Minister is set to back on Srinivasulu, Chandramohan Reddy, Adinarayana Reddy, Amarnadha Reddy, besides Atchannaidu to counter Jagan Mohan Reddy in the Assembly. While Srinvasulu, Chandramohan Reddy and Atchannaidu are set to be aggressive, Adinarayana Reddy and Amarnatha Reddy are likely to be used to counter Jagan Mohan Reddy from his personality angle as they were part of the YSR Congress till recently. In fact it was the same trick that Chandrababu Naidu had used in the just-concluded Assembly session by making Jyothula Nehru and Adinarayana Reddy to speak against Jagan Mohan Reddy when the Assembly adopted a resolution against the Leader of Opposition. The same would be continued in the Assembly sessions to be held in the next two years.
These aggressive voices would be an added advantage for the ruling party besides the sarcasm that Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu displays in attacking Jagan Mohan Reddy in the Assembly, which would now be the strength of the ruling party. Given these intentions, the Assembly sessions to be held hereafter would have more of fireworks than of meaningful debate.
Back home in the ruling party, the highest priority given to the YSR Congress legislators in the Cabinet reshuffle is causing tremors. Senior leader Bojjala Gopalakrishna Reddy, who was dropped from the Cabinet to accommodate the YSR Congress legislators had slapped his resignation letter in protest. Senior leaders Dhulipala Narendranath and Gorantla Butchaiah Chowdary are upset for not accommodating them. They are expressing their displeasure over the denial of the Cabinet berth for them this time too as there are no chance of another reshuffle before the 2019 elections. In the north coastal districts, senior legislator Gowthu Samsundar Sivaji is fuming at the leadership for denying the Cabinet berth. He had been with the ruling party for many years and is a seventh time legislator. In Krishna district, Bonda Umamaheswara Rao is not happy with the party chief and is said to be thinking on changing his strategy. He had been very aggressive in criticizing the Leader of Opposition both inside and outside the Assembly since his election in 2014. Similarly, another woman legislator V Anitha, who was vociferous in attacking Jagan Mohan Reddy and R K Roja is unable to digest her non-inclusion in the Cabinet.
With growing dissent within the party, it is to be seen how Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu would handle the party and lead it to the 2019 elections.