Governor Narasimhan Playing Crucial Role In AP, TS
Hyderabad: The ‘inspired’ news appearing in ‘Namaste Telangana’ some days ago and in ‘Sakshi’ on Thursday regarding ‘note for vote’ case saying that TDP leader Revant Reddy will be arrested soon and senior police officer Charu Sinha was shifted from the position of ACB director since she met the Governor and gave him the draft of the charge sheet to be filed in the ACB special court. She was upset that AK Khan who left the job of ACB chief had visited her office without her knowledge to have a prolonged meeting with the senior officials and prepare the charge sheet. There are also reports that Governor Narasimhan has told the leaders of the TDP, including Yenamala Ramakrishnudu, that he would not give oath of office to any defected MLA or MLC unless he or she resigns and gets re-elected.
The reports that an additional charge sheet filed in CBI court on February 18 was submitted to the Governor beforehand. Narasimhan was harshly criticised by AP Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu for giving oath to Chalasani Srinivasa Yadav who was elected on TDP ticket in 2014 general elections and then defected and was made a minister in Telangana State. Governor Narasimhan has reminded the TDP leaders that swearing-in by defected MLAs would attract strictures from courts.
Naidu had promised many of the prospective defectors to nominate them as ministers. When the governor has been reluctant to fall in line and give oath to defectors, Naidu asked the prime minister and home minister to shift Narasimhan from AP and appoint a new governor.
Governor Narasimhan had stayed in Delhi for two days recently and met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee and appraised them of the developments in both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana which have been taking place in violation of constitutional propriety. He also had meetings with Attorney General and Chief Justice of India.
The flip side is that Telangana State TDP leader Revant Reddy cannot be arrested by any stretch of imagination. He is an accused in ‘vote for note’ case and was arrested and released on bail. He can be arrested again only if the courts convict him. The case is yet to be heard and judgment given by the ACB special court. Even if the special court convicts him he can appeal in high court against the ACB special court judgment. He can also approach the apex court in the country. Moreover, the ACB of Telangana State has not been actively probing the case after an unholy truce has been arrived at between the chief ministers of AP and a Telangana at the behest of Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu. If TS Chief Minister Kalvakuntla Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR) is keen on fixing the outspoken TRS leader Revant Reddy, the latter would spill the beans and implicate AP CM Naidu in the case. Naidu would persuade KCR not to proceed against Revant. So, the question of Revant Reddy’s arrest right now is only a wishful thinking.
Senior journalist and chief of Deccan Chronicle news bureau, Krishna Rao made it clear that defections are unacceptable and wrong morally and constitutionally. The role of the Governor Narasimhan has become pivotal. He has developed a close rapport with the President and PM by submitting factual reports on the shenanigans of both the chief ministers. As a formal intelligence official, he is endowed with the skills and brains to know the ground reality and report faithfully to the higher ups. That may be the secret of his holding the gubernatorial office for a long time in NDA dispensation although he was a UPI-II appointee. His suggestion would carry weight with the top functionaries of the country.