Wake Up Call For AP CM!
ASWANI KUMAR ETURU
Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his party’s excellent performance in recent State elections. He moved a step further by saying that the mega win is only due to the development done by BJP.
The time has come for Chandrababu Naidu to wake up from his dreams and face the reality. Three years are getting over after N Chandrababu Naidu took over as AP CM. He should look back and analyse his work so far and decide what remains to be done for winning the forthcoming elections. He should not forget that the win in 2014 was mainly due to the TDP’s campaign against the decision of the UPA government to divide the State. People of AP at that time were extremely angry with Congress for bifurcation. The strong Modi wave blowing all over the country, least but not last, Pawan Kalyan’s factor, also helped Naidu to sit in CM’s chair. Even when votes polled by the TDP and the BJP are clubbed, there a very meagre margin compared to the votes polled by the opposition YSRCP, which gave a tough fight.
Now the scenario is different, people are slowly coming back to the basics and are keenly watching the government if it is doing any thing to implement the promises made during 2014 elections. There are many hurdles for Naidu to overcome if he wants to achieve the rare feat of getting a second term for the second time. He won his first second term as chief minister of undivided AP in 1999 due to Vajpayee wave on account of Kargil war. He hopes to repeat the feat in 2019.
Internal disputes among the party leaders in Ananthpur, Prakasam, Guntur, Vizianagaram districts became a headache for Naidu in recent days. Besides these problems, Mudragada Padmanabham, who has been relentlessly fighting for Kapu reservations, is going to become a big source of trouble. Kapus supported the TDP in 2014 elections. They will certainly have decisive impact on the outcome of 2019 elections.
Opposition parties, particularly YSRCP, have been agitating against the government and mobilising popular support by way of dharnas, public meetings and bandhs. This activity has been making Naidu unpopular.
Major problem for Naidu is going to be the ‘Vote for Note’ case which damaged his reputation very badly. Though his name was not included in the charge up to now, people of Telangana and Andhra strongly believe that he was involved in the scam.
Special Category Status will be main agenda for forthcoming elections for the opposition parties which will push Naidu into a tight corner.
Sudden demise of Bhuma Nagi Reddy is a big blow to the party in Kurnool district. It is an open secret that no other leader can replace Bhuma in Kurnool district.
Common man strongly believes corruption in AP has been increasing thanks to the casual approach of the ruling party. Ministers like Achhem Naidu, Ganta Srinivas Rao, Devineni Uma and leaders like JC Prabhakar Reddy are talked about in connection with corruption.
Akhilesh tried to win the elections in UP by showcasing the development of Agra-Lucknow Express way with a slogan Kaam Bholta Hai. He could not win but he stole many a heart with his positive and dignified campaign. If Chandrababu Naidu believes that the development plank and the progress achieved in CRDA zone will help him to win, he should first and foremost come out of that dream.
The farmers students and the unemployed are angry. Corruption, crime and other negative issues will keep Naidu’s dreams far from coming true. He has to realise that the development under his watch has been partial. Taking a realistic view, Naidu has to be more practical in his approach and work doubly hard if his ambition to repeat the feat of getting to bat in the innings in a row for the second time has to be fulfilled.