Ever since the BJP has been taken over by Amit Shah and Narendra Modi, all the veterans and opponents in the party have been comprehensively sidelined. Except for Venkayya Naidu and Bandaru Datattreya!
While Venkayya Naidu, the smart fox made himself indispensable to the party with his gift of the gab, Datattreya was a loyalist of Venkayya Naidu.
However, following bifurcation, both Venkayya and Dattatreya made the mistake of supporting the TDP and TRS openly.
Venkayya Naidu acted like a mouthpiece for Chandrababu in Delhi despite the alarming levels of corruption in Andhra Pradesh and the same was the case with Datattreya who moved with KCR as if he was in the TRS. Result?
Venkayya booted out of Union Ministry and the same is the case with Dattatreya. But one person who got an incredible elevation was Nirmala Seetharaman and although her husband Parakala Prabhakar is adviser to Chandrababu Naidu, Nirmala has a very clean image and is utterly devoted to the Amit Shah- Modi combine.
So Naidu’s numerous efforts to impress her did not work and she always maintained a dignified distance from him.
The one remaining corrupt link between the TDP and BJP at the Centre is Sujana Chowdary. It’s only a matter of time before the whip cracks down on him too!