Did Naidu Hit IYR To Give Vent To His Frustration?
Hyderabad: Parakala Prabhakar, the Communications Advisor to the Government of Andhra Pradesh, was right when he said at his Tuesday evening media conference that he and the chief minister have a lot of respect for IYR Krishna Rao, the sacked chairman of AP Brahmin Welfare Corporation. But yet, Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu had to sack the respected IAS officer unceremoniously. Why?
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To find an answer to this question, one has to consider the bizarre developments in AP recently.A� The leaders of the ruling party have no fear of the party chief. They are law unto themselves. There was faction fight between KaranamA� Balaram, TDP MLC, and Gottipati Ravi Kumar, MLA who crossed over to TDP after winning Addanki seat on YSRCP ticket. They fought in the open till Balaram had an upper hand and Ravi Kumar walked out of the meeting organised to elect Zilla Parishad chairman. The observers sent by the party chief, ministers Paritala Suneetha and Pattipati PullaraoA� were mere spectators. Naidu could not act against any of the two squabblingA� leaders of Prakasam district.
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Earlier, Vijayawada MP Kesineni Nani, MLA Binda Umamaheswara Rao, MLC Buddha Venkanna and some other TDP leaders had intimidated RTA commissioner Balasubrahmanyam. Naidu had made Nani to tender public apology to the officer. But since then, Nani has been talking independent of the party line embarrassing the CM on a number of occasions.A� He also disbanded his transport business and got the licences of rival transport company’s vehicles that were registered in Arunachal Pradesh cancelled. Though Nani is running amuck, Naidu is in a helpless condition.
The land Scam that erupted in Visakhapatnam is the biggest blot on the Government in recent memory. There again was a clash between two ministers, Ganta Srinivasa Rao and Ayyanna Patrudu with the latter addressing media conferences blaming the former for the land deals and corruption. Naidu could not take action on either of the ministers since both are important politicians and the castes they belong to are electorally crucial. People started talking about the growing indiscipline and the inaction on the part of Naidu. A perception has emerged that Naidu is frustrated, helpless and angry. At a particularlyA� delicate moment when Naidu was fuming with impotent rage, the TDP lobby mounted pressure on him to axe IYR Krishna Rao.
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The chief minister wanted to send a strong signal to one and all by acting firmly against IYR who is not a politician and who represents a community which has one percent of the voters and hence electorally unimportant. First, Naidu thought of meeting IYR and counselling him not to continue with the Facebook postings that show his Government in poor light. That is what he would have done in normal condition. The indiscretion by the senior bureaucrat does not call for a greater punishment. But the chief minister is seething with pent-up anger and the conditions are abnormal. He wanted to give an exemplary punishment to IYR so that his party leaders would behave. That was all. He closed his eyes and mind and axed the former bureaucrat.