The tragic death of 21 passengers in boat capsize in Krishna river near Vijayawada has thoroughly exposed the callousness of the Chandrababu Naidu government in checking the illegal operation of private boats.
But Naidu managed to get away in the state assembly without his government’s negligence being exposed, thanks to the absence of only opposition party, YSR Congress.
The chief minister did not face any grilling by the members, as the YSRC MLAs boycotted the House on the pretext of Naidu encouraging defection of 21 MLAs from YSRC into the ruling Telugu Desam Party, though the actual reason was the padayatra of their party president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy.
For the first time, the absence of YSRC MLAs and particularly Jagan was felt in the assembly. Though the BJP members tried to raise a couple of issues, Naidu answered them before making an official statement.
Finally, when Naidu announced reward to the fishermen who saved 14 lives, the TDP applauded him by thumping desks.
There was none who could grill Naidu on the irregularities in the tourism department.
Though YSRC leaders tried to create some ruckus at the Pavitra Sangamam ghat, they did not get enough media attention as everybody was focussing on the tragedy. Thus, the YSRC MLAs missed a golden opportunity to grill the chief minister.