After the massive state assembly election-victory in Andhra Pradesh (that was conducted simultaneously with the parliament election in April 2019), it is the no-hold-barred C.M -Mr. YS Jaganmohan Reddy, ruthlessly carrying-out what he whims! He demolished government buildings (built by spending huge public money) by the former C.M-Mr. Chandra Babu Naidu (CBN), by citing filmsi environmental hazards made him look notorious in the eyes of many in Andhra Pradesh. It is one thing to have animosity against his political rival CBN, it is another thing to have a sagacious thinking on the issues at hand and judge what is good for the welfare of the state. After all, to govern, is to capture the imagination of the public in a good-manner.
There are four things that are going against YSRCP supremo, right now, that are needed to be addressed by the rival/opposition camp in A.P with vigor:
The first and foremost, being the state capital Amaravathi. The C.M, Jagan Reddy (called by the name in short) after having 5-deputy chief ministers and many more advisors for himself, with salaries and perks causing great burden on state exchequer, he now, is planning to have three-capital cities for a small state of Andhra Pradesh which has only thirteen districts.
Immediately, the opposing camp cited Jacob Zuma, the South African Prime Minister to have said in that country’s parliament: maintenance of two capitals (Pretoria & Cape Town) was a big expenditure. It was strange to see the people of Andhra who had no knowledge of Jacob Zuma, till the other day, quoting Zuma’s saying that having two capitals was not good. They, then questioned the three- capital-formula of their chief minister.
Politics of Vengeance:
Being the CM then, Chandra Babu Naidu, only, conceptualised the idea (for the newly formed state, Andhra Pradesh) to have a grand capital city, Amaravati. When Andhra Pradesh was bifurcated, the capital – Hyderabad went to Telangana. So, Naidu envisioned to build a huge one, going by Singapore – model. That was the fancied dream of Naidu, after coming to power in 2014. However, he did not make much headway in that direction, except collecting/pooling a valuable, cultivable wet-land at Thullur, near Vijayawada and built some temporary structures. Other than that, it was a day dream.
The former CM Naidu, whiled away his five-year tenure in a surreal way, whether to build Amaravati in Bahubali style or Singapore style! By doing so, he caused damage to the very conception of building the capital. He gave an impression that he was a visionary and Amaravati, his brain-child. As he adopted the capital Amaravati to be his own, the present CM Jagan Reddy, is effectively trying to dismantle it. The poor farmers who gave the land, which now has become barren, are crying for the loss of land and loss of the nobility of the cause with which they had given benevolently. The agitating farmers were thrashed and the women were harassed and forcibly thrown by police. With no rhyme or reason, section 144 was imposed, on the women going to temples to pray. Some of them were injured so badly in the police action (undoubtedly under instructions from above), were joined in hospitals. The complaints did go to National Women Commission. The NCW, took it into cognisance and visited the victims and stock of the situation.
The farmers have been agitating for more than a month and are on the streets. They showed their anguish by fasting on this recent Makara Sankranthi festival also. It was pathetic to see them so. Yet, the CM did not turn up to emphathise. The BJP in Andhra is not a big force to reckon with. It has no representation in the assembly and cadre to work for. So, the party remained a spectator to the specatacle in A.P.
Pawan Kalyan, a renowned actor, a charismatic hero, who has his own brain and worked, earlier, for the BJP – TDP alliance, in 2014, for their victory in Andhra Pradesh joined them. He has his own party Jana Sena and cadre that did not contest then. Now in 2019, though they fought electoral battle, they could not challenge Jagan Reddy on their own and win seats. So, after realising that Jana Sena needed a bigger party at the Centre, to stop the mayham caused on the farmers and other atrocities that are going on continuously in the state, the Jana Sena leader, Pawan Kalyan, chose to sew up alliance with the BJP. This is beneficial to both and a mutually agreed one.
To come to other issues of importance, there have been religious conversions to Christianity unabated. There seems to be state patronisation to evengilical groups. Even Lord Balaji Temple in Tirumala-Tirupati, is not spared. The Seven Hills Tirumala has, it is learnt, the first two are occupied to build churches on the way to the Shrine. Even in the Temple premises, there is no peaceful atmosphere for the devotees, as the propogation of Christianity is in place.
Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam funds are diverted by the government for its secular purposes. All in all, barring crusade, all evengalism is in full swing. So, the alliance of BJP and Jana Sena, can together fight this unruly ruling of YSRCP in Andhra Pradesh.
This alliance, has the blessings of the Central BJP. Now, the problems of Andhra Pradesh will quickly be known to the Centre for course-correction. Kudos to our prime minister Shri Modi and Home Minister Shri Amit Shah for the timely action and intervention on the Andhra Pradesh political scenario. Hope this would lead to the progress of the state.