After seven months of his regime, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chadnrababu Naidu seems to be falling in the grip of new generation of `corporate style' leadership in the party resulting in distrust and dissidence among long time associates of the party.
Though almost all senior leaders in the party are unhyappy with growing clout of such new generation leaders in the administration, the deputy Chief Minister and seasoned politician K E Krishna Murthy is only coming out occasionally expressing his dissatisfaction over the administration of Chandrababu Naidu.
Now, he has given all indication to mobilize support reflecting growing distruct against Chandrababu Naidu among people by organizing a massive meeting with Backward Classes people around the newly proposed capital zone between Vijayawada-Guntur. Hailing from Rayalaseema, he is also a senior BC leader in the state.
Though Murthy claims the proposed meet is aimed at garnering the support of BCs to the efforts of the government to build the new capital near Vijayawada, political circles are suspecting at a 'secret' agenda. Though the date and venue are yet to be finalized, his supporters are already swinging into action by contacting many BC leaders in the state. All the BC ministers in the State Cabinet along with prominent BC leaders are said to be invited for the meet.
He is not hiding his displeasure over the way Chandrababu Naidu allegedly prefers businessmen-turned-politicos to career politicians in his Cabine. The proposed meeting is said to be to revive his past glory in the party. According to sources, Machilipatnam MP and senior TDP BC leader Konakalla Narayana has assured his full support to the meeting and also to take the responsibility of logistic arrangements. Konakalla has now become president of the AP Goud Sangham, which is a formidable BC community in both states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
It may be recalled that Krishna Murthy had earlier revolted against the then chief minister N T Rama Rao, years before Chandrababu Naidu engineered a `coup' after Rao had unseated the entire cabinet team making them responsible for `budget leak' in 1987. Along with few other senior leaders he quit Telugu Desam Party and started a new regional outfit `Jana Nadu'. However, later it had merged with Congress.
Just three days ago, on Dec 23, Krishnamurthy made some sensational comments during a chit chat with the reporters on the concluding day of five-day winter session of the state assembly staing that ministers are not given a chance to speak in the Assembly. With out hiding his displeasure against Chief Minister, he said that Chandrababu Naidu is ignoring his party ministers in the assembly so that none of them are getting a chance to speak in the assembly.
He also added sold to the injury by appreciating the Leader of Opposition YS Jaganmohan Reddy's performance in the Assembly. It maybe recalled that Jaganmohan Reddy is considered to be `political enemy no 1' in the state. However, the deputy chief minister referring to Jagan Mohan Reddy's riposte skills in the Assembly, aid that YS Jagan got mileage by standing up for the farmers and raising their issues.
Being revenue minister he was unhappy for keeping him aside with regard to land acquiring for the new capital and pushing Municipal Administration Minister P Narayana, who hold a major coproate chain of educational institutions in the state and new to power politics, to forefront.
Referring to Chandrababu Naidu's decision to secure land for new capital through `land polling', Krishna Murthy stated that 'Land pooling issue turned as an advantage to the YSRCP Chief Jagan Reddy. The farmer's who are going to lose their lands are immensely satisfied with the way Jagan advocated in his speech in the Assembly."
Even he went to the extent of stating that Jagan has improved a lot when compared to the previous assembly sessions. Though chief minister is trying to create an impression among people that works to build new capital are likely begun in few months, he bluntly said the laying of the foundation stone for the capital may take not less than two years time.
Meanwhile, Kesana Shankar Rao, the newly-elected president of the AP unit of BC Welfare Association, founded by Telangana TDP MLA R Krishnaiah, is holding a meeting in Guntur on Jan 3. He confirmed that he had invited Krishna Murthy but denied that the latter had anything to do with the meeting.