Reluctant bedfellows

(M.Ramdas)

They are anything but happy to share the same bed i.e. Chandrababu Naidu and Chandrasekhar Rao. Two chief ministers who continue to squabble on the national stage even while being in charge of their own territories which once constituted the composite state if Andhra Pradesh.

After the initial euphoria and backslapping, is it now time for mutual recriminations and finger pointing? We know politics makes for strange bedfellows, but it is high time there is the sitting down at the table and the   resolving of issues face to face.

Of course, the ‘To do ‘list is long and  the road is rocky and full of potholes – dams and water bodies, the generation of  much-needed power,  the equitable shifting of personnel and institutions, the division of assets – everything leads to heated exchanges and bad blood. And above all, the abysmal lack of money in the coffers of both the new-born states is throwing grandiose plans and promised schemes into disarray.

Should the new chief ministers continue their obstinate behaviour at the cost of the electorate? May be Chandrababu Naidu has an edge because the BJP party at the Centre is more favourably disposed towards him. Chandrasekhara Rao ,on the other hand , if he wants to curry financial favour with New Delhi, better watch his words which sometimes carry an angry streak, even if he does’t mean to be obdurate. He has to mend fences with his well-wishers and those who still have not regretted voting for him.

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