Officers Associations lock horns with Opposition in AP politics
Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh is witnessing a different type of politics these days. The associations of the government employees and officers are raising voice against the Opposition party and openly finding fault with the Opposition. Sitting on the ruling party’s lap, these associations are expressing their discontentment with the Opposition.
It was the Police Officers’ Association the other day that spoke openly against the remarks of Opposition legislator R K Roja against DGP N Sambasiva Rao. It is now the Gazetted Officers’ Association and the IAS officers Association that raised their voices against Leader of Opposition Y S Jaganmohan Reddy who pulled up Krishna district Collector Babu Ahmad in a bus accident that killed 11 passengers the other day. Legislator Roja blamed the DPG for acting as ruling party’s agent in preventing her from attending the Women Parliament held in Vijayawada early February.
She had also filed a case against her detention in the airport by the police. But, when she had an invitation to attend the event and when being a woman, has the right to attend it what was the reason for the police to prevent her is a big question. The event had speakers like Venkaiah Naidu’s daughter and Chandrababu Naidu’s daughter-in-law, both private individuals unlike Roja, who is a peoples’ representative.
She is justified in her remarks as the police or the government cannot deny her chance to speak. What she speaks at the venue is different but the government could have allowed her to speak as the event was organised with the public money.
The police officers, while admitting that they do work under pressures, blamed the legislator through open statements to the media. How can the police spread a red carpet to the women (Venkaiah Naidu’s daughter and Chandrababu Naidu’s daughter-in-law) who are not peoples’ servants, but prevent another woman (Roja), who is elected by the people? And still, the police officers speak against the Opposition party!
The other case is about Leader of Opposition Jaganmohan Reddy’s warning to Krishna district Collector on the bus accident. While admitting that Jaganmohan Reddy was a bit harsh in his remarks at the, it is a fact that it was not for the first time that a Leader of Opposition takes bureaucrats to task. Chandrababu Naidu during his 10 years time as Leader of Opposition had warned the IAS and IPS officers many a time even in hardest terms. “I will see your end”, “I will put you in place”, “You can’t escape from me”, were some of his statements to the officers as Leader of Opposition.
During the Congress rule before the 2014 elections and when he had visited Vijayawada to participate in a protest for flyover at Kanakadurga Temple, Chandrababu Naidu made several hard statements against the police for not allowing him to pass through Ashok Pillar center to reach Kummaripalem junction for the protest. He was taken in a bus through the Errakatta and Tunnel as the Congress leaders led by the then MP, Lagadapati Rajagopal had a counter protest near Durga temple. But, the police officers or the government officers never reacted openly to the remarks of the then Leader of Opposition. There are a good number of such incidents where Chandrababu Naidu as Leader of Opposition took the bureaucrats to task and called them ‘Slaves of Congress’.
The open resentment by the officers and employees against Opposition taking shelter in the association is a sign of degeneration of democracy. And using the employees associations like this and targeting the Opposition by the ruling party exposes its weakness.