For AP CM, Pawan Kalyan is not a demon

Dara Gopi

Amaravati: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and his party big wigs have been calling the opposition leaders demons at several public meetings and press conferences. The TDP leaders maintain all the opposition parties in Andhra Pradesh are obstructing the State’s development plans the Chief Minister has been initiating from time to time.

Though his target has been obviously the leader of opposition YS Jaganmohan Reddy, Chandrababu is also uncomfortable with the criticism of the Left. The only solace for him is that the Left have no representation in the Assembly. He, however, ignores the presence of the Congress in the State, except to induct its senior leader and former minister Devineni Rajasekhar Nehru and his son Devineni Avinash.

While brushing aside the entire opposition and branding the leaders as anti-development, the Chief Minister and his party leaders are sparing the Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan, despite he being tough and hard in his criticism against the government and Chandrababu himself.

Pawan Kalyan played a political toughie role at his public meetings in Kakinada, Tirupati and Ananthapur in the past. He was critical of Chandrababu Naidu when he visited the Uddanam region of Srikakulam district where people in 10 villages have fallen victim to a mysterious kidney disease. The ‘power star’ had set a 24-hour deadline for the government to take corrective steps.

Ministers Kamineni Srinivas and Prattipati Pulla Rao were the only two leaders who reacted to the criticism of Pawan Kalyan – cautiously — saying they welcomed it as a positive measure and did not drop any word that would find fault with the actor-turned-hero.

While welcoming his criticism as positive, the government acted swiftly and announced opening of a dialysis center to address the problems of kidney patients. The government is ready to open another dialysis center in the area to end the woes of the people who are otherwise forced to go to Visakhapatnam for dialysis. There would be two more dialysis centers – Sompet and Palasa – in addition to the existing centers at Srikakulam, Tekkali and Rajam. The government would also give free passes to the patients to travel to Visakhapatnam for dialysis, a big relief to the victims, who have been neglected so far. There would be more mobile vans moving around the villages with latest medical equipment to provide treatment to the patients at their door step.

The Chief Minister, while not making any comments on Pawan Kalyan, announced sops to the victims of the kidney disease. He had promised to constitute an experts panel to investigate the causes of the disease, though there have been such investigations for the past 10 years by the US, World Health Organization and Indian doctors and scientists. The Chief Minister had also announced protected drinking water for all the villages at Rs 2 for 20 liters.

The patients would now get Rs 1500 monthly pension, which is a big boon and a meeting is slated to be held in Srikakulam on January 9 to make a preparatory plan to convert these promises into reality.

However, the big question before the people of the State is that why is Chandrababu so careful and cautious about Pawan Kalyan? He is worried about the popularity of Pawan Kalyan and not of the leader of the opposition, Jaganmohan Reddy.

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