Call it bad luck or coincidence, but the swine-flu virus has emerged as a convenient tool for politicians to settle scores with those in disfavor.
Rajaiah was a dummy who never had any real power, but his proximity to Harish Rao irritated KCR and the latter promptly made use of the swine-flu episode to cut him to size.
Despite having watched the situation in Hyderabad and the inept handling of the swine-flu crisis by the TRS, AP appears to have failed in containing the virus as can be ascertained by the growing number of cases.
The AP Health Minister is Kamineni Srinivas of the BJP. Cracks are clearly evident in the relationship between BJP and the TDP of late. Naidu is believed to have expressed his displeasure at the growing number of H1N1 cases which is seen by analysts as an indirect snub at the BJP.
A couple of months back, Naidu pulled up a TDP Minister for speaking against the BJP. But now he is at the forefront in making things just a little bit tough for the BJP be it the refusal of permission for their Party Office in Vijayawada on the river bank or pulling up the ‘Health Minister’.
Should the relationship between TDP and BJP deteriorate any further, thanks to swine-flu, Kamineni Srinivas can well expect to go the Rajaiah way.