Kommineni srinivas Rao
Telangana Congress Party Assembly Floor leader Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka has been saying that Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy should not attend the inauguration of Kaleswaram Project, which is being taken up prestigiously by the Telangana government. On the other hand, his Congress peers are showering praises on YS Jagan's governance and his functioning. Telangana Chief Minister KCR is saying that the style of functioning of YS Jagan is worth emulating. Post bifurcation there has been such comparisons and statements concerning two sibling states. In the past, people drew comparisons between former chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu and KCR, and felt the latter was better than the former. With Chandrababu faltering and fumbling at various stages in governance, KCR's popularity soared in AP too. Riding on such popularity both in Telangana and AP, KCR was voted back to power for the second term.
But TRS did not register expected results in Lok Sabha elections and with KCR's daughter K Kavitha losing in Nizamabad had left KCR exasperated. Following this rather poor showing in Lok Sabha results, KCR is being attacked by both Congress and BJP leaders in the State. On the other hand, the people of Telangana are all praise for YS Jagan for implementing pro-poor policies in Andhra Pradesh. Particularly, YS Jagan's emphatic decision to discourage defections in AP is being hailed by Opposition parties in Telangana. Telangana Congress senior leader Jeevan Reddy said the country should emulate the governance of YS Jagan. Jeevan Reddy still carries lot of goodwill for the family of former chief minister Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy. While some of them are in praise for YS Jagan, others in the political circles are hoping that differences cropped between Telangana and AP. It seems Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka is in that league who badly wants to see differences emerge between both states.
Since KCR has altered the design of Pranahitha- Chevella project initiated by his father YSR to construct Kaleswaram, Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka is of the opinion that YS Jagan should not attend its inauguration. In fact, he had also written to YS Jagan in this regard. One fails to understand why leaders like Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka suddenly feels that YSR's soul would be tormented. Recall what happened earlier.
After YSR's unfortunate demise, the Congress high command rejected the proposal of 145 MLAs to make YS Jagan as chief minister. Did YSR's soul was not tormented back then? Post that, when YS Jagan on his own set out on his Odarpu Yatra, leaders like V Hanumanth Rao had created lot of uncalled for brouhaha. Did YSR's soul was not tormented then? When Congress chief Sonia Gandhi issued restrictive orders on Odarpu Yatra, did Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka feel anything for YSR's soul? Don't you think YSR soul was tortured when false cases were foisted upon YSR's son YS Jagan and was sent to jail by managing and manipulating institutions against him. Has any Congress leader reached out and consoled YSR's family when his wife Vijayalakshmi, his daughter-in-law Bharathi, and his daughter Sharmila sat helpless at Dilkusha Guest House in Hyderabad. Has Sonia Gandhi or Rahul Gandhi anytime enquired if what was happening to YSR and his family was right in any case? Did they not feel back then that YSR's soul was tormented? It is this same Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka who was enjoying power back then and did not even open his mouth to say a thing about YS Jagan. All he was doing back then was to sing paeans to Sonia Gandhi.
It is only now after YS Jagan stormed into power with blessings of people Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka is feeling and thinking about YSR. Recall how Chandrababu Naidu hurled invectives against YSR. It is this same Chandrababu shook hands with Rahul Gandhi and got into alliance with Congress party, but no one felt or thought about YSR. In all of these Vikramarka never thought about YSR and his family.
In the present scenario, Vikramarka is desperately waiting to see if both KCR and YS Jagan enter into a dispute. This is nothing about rank opportunism. One doesn't understand what is wrong if YS Jagan in the capacity of Chief Minister attends the inauguration of Kaleswaram project. With the environment between two states is becoming peaceful, trying to vitiate such atmosphere would only create troubles for people, but nothing else. When AP doesn't have any harm from such a project, there isn't anything wrong to attend the inauguration.