Everybody knows Telangana IT minister K T Rama Rao is highly ambitious leader and is the heir apparent of his father chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao.
Despite being just a cabinet minister, he is acting like a de facto chief minister, dominating other cabinet colleagues, conducting review meetings on departments other than that of him and even threatening erring party leaders that he would suspend them.
Yet, when you ask him whether he is eager to succeed his father after the next elections, KTR tries to put up a humble face saying he would not believe in speculations and that his father KCR was healthy enough to continue as the chief minister for another two or three terms.
His counterpart in Andhra Pradesh Nara Lokesh, too, is parroting the same statement saying he was happy with what he was and never thought of his future. In an interview to a local daily, Lokesh said he had never thought about succeeding his father as CM.
“The question does not arise since my father is delivering able and stable administration,” he said, but did not hide his ambition of becoming the chief minister.
“If my choice has to be made, it will be decided by the Chief Minister and the party,” he said.
Like KTR, Lokesh, too, has been acting like a de facto chief minister. When Naidu goes out of the country, he constitutes a group of ministers to oversee the administration, and Lokesh is invariably a part of it. Needless to say, the word of Lokesh is final!