Telugu Desam Party president and Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu is generally very cautious in making comments against others. If he made any criticism against people in higher positions like Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he would have done it after assessing its pros and cons.
So, the sudden outburst of Naidu against Governor E S L Narasimhan at a meeting in East Godavari district did not surprise anybody.
Definitely, there would be a strong reason for his outburst and he must have felt something bad about the Governor.
Narasimhan, during his unscheduled trip to Vijayawada a couple of days ago to meet Naidu in a private hotel, is learnt to have conveyed a sort of veiled threat from the Bharatiya Janata Party leadership in the Centre to Naidu for going overboard in attacking the Centre in general and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in particular; and also the TDP’s open campaign in Karnataka asking people not to vote for the BJP.
He reportedly advised Naidu to go slow against the BJP, if not patching-up with it, so that he would not face trouble from the Centre in the coming days.
However, Naidu told the Governor that he had nothing personal against the BJP or Modi, but he had no option since the BJP had joined hands with the YSR Congress party.
Sources said Naidu was shocked to see Narasimhan speaking the language of the BJP. That is precisely why he spoke against the Governor saying he was bringing the Opposition parties together against the TDP.
He said the TDP had been opposing the institution of Governors right from the beginning, they had become puppets of the Centre rather than being independent functionaries.