Naidu’s Delhi Pointsman Being Sidelined
New Delhi: A person who worked for TDP chief Nara Chandrababu Naidu like a trusted lieutenant for decades has become persona non grata thanks to the changing equations in Naidu’s coterie. The interesting part is that the coterie is trying to utilise the meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and AP Opposition leader YS Jagan Mohan Reddy recently as an opportunity to show the party’s Delhi representative, Kambhampati Ramamohan Rao, the door.
Rao has been implementing the orders of Naidu meticulously doing donkey’s work for the party all these years. He swallowed insults by persons holding constitutional positions when he tried to ‘manage’ them at the behest of Naidu. He did not complain. He thought he has been doing everything in the interest of the party and the community besides his own interest. Rao grew in business over the years. He made good progress in automobile business with the blessings of another accomplished Naidu, Venkaiah Naidu, who was an important leader of the BJP and union Minister whenever the BJP was in power. He became a big dealer for Honda brand. But he has been careful not to exhibit his riches trying to maintain a low profile. He has remained the points man for AP Chief Minister Naidu all the while.
When Rao developed differences with Union Minister Sujana Chowdary, his troubles had begun. Rao and Chowdary are from the same community and the same district. Rao is a senior leader who has been active in the party right from its inception. Chowdary was busy with his business till 2009 when he started working full-time for the party. Chowdary was also investing in the party since it was in opposition for ten years.
The differences between Chowdary and Rao came to the fore when Chowdary got a second term in Rajya Sabha. Rao also tried his luck for a Rajya Sabha seat at the same time which was taken as an affront by Chowdary. Rao was earlier RS Member. The Union Minister got his second term this time. Ever since the elections to RS, Chowdary has been developing an alternative to Rao for the Delhi assignment. Chowdary had influenced Naidu and his son Lokesh who have been refusing to entertain Rao. Rao waited in wain for days together recently for an appointment with Naidu and Lokesh.
The fact that Prime Minister Narendra Modi met YSRCP leader YS Jagan Mohan Reddy recently. Rao has failed to get advance information about the meeting and could not alert the TDP leadership. This is being cited against Rao by his rivals in his party.