Will Dasari decide CM in 2019?
- Surprise in store for AP
Visakhapatnam: Dasari Narayana Rao, distinguished film director, actor and former Rajya Sabha Member, has not ruled out the possibility of his positive role in deciding the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh after the elections in 2019. When asked about the chances of his playing a decisive role in the next elections, Dasari said God willing he might play an important part in selection of the chief minister after the elections.
Dasari, who was a union minister, hogged the limelight when Kapu leader Mudragada Padmanabham was in Hyderabad to mobilise support for his movement. The Kapu leaders cutting across the party lines met recently at the residence of Dasari Narayana Rao in Jubilee Hills in Hyderabad. They included former union minister and film actor Chiranjeevi, YSRCP leaders Botcha Satyanarayana, Ambati Rambabu, Congress leader in AP Legislative Council C Ramachandraiah and former union minister Pallam Raju. They organised a joint media conference and declared unstinting support to the Kapu reservations movement under the leadership of Mudragada Padmanabham. The demand was for reservations and including them among BC list.
More than two decades ago there was an attempt by Dasari and Mudragada to float a party but the idea was given up at the last minute after all the arrangements were made.
The factor of Pavan Kalyan and his Praja Sena party while the plan for concerted action was debated. It was felt Pavan is not a serious player. Even a serious minded politician Chiranjeevi, elder brother of Pavan Kalyan, could muster only 18 percent of votes and 18 Assembly seats. There emerged a sort of consensus that Chiranjeevi could be projected as the chief ministerial candidate so that Pavan would either support his elder brother or merge his party with the outfit to be floated by Kapu community.
When asked if he would make Chiranjeevi the next CM, Dasari commented that if Chiru is destined to become the CM so be it. The next few months are very crucial for a viable alternative to emerge. It will be known only after some time if the Kapu community will support the main opposition party, the YSRCP, or try to resurrect the Congress party. If the second option is favoured it will be welcomed by the TDP-BJP combine since it would split the anti-TDP vote. The number of Kapus in the State is estimated to be about 2 crore.