Governor E S L Narasimhan is active once again. He had visited Vijayawada for a short stay this week and held talks with Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu. The talks were held mostly around the strained relations between the TDP and the BJP, more importantly between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu. The Governor’s concern, as it is understood here, was to rebuild the relations between the two leaders in the larger interests of the nation and the State.
The Governor is learned to have advised Chandrababu Naidu to restrain from going hard against Narendra Modi. In return Chandrababu Naidu is said to have asked the Governor to do some liaison with the Prime Minister and get some promises fulfilled. With this message, besides others, the Governor had left for his three-day camp in the national capital.
The Governor would be meeting the Union Home Minister and later the Prime Minister during his three-day stay in Delhi. The mission is to rebuild the relationship between Naidu and Modi. But, the strategy is to come out with a reasonable support for AP to give up the special category status slogan and settle for the special package. It is for sure that Modi is not ready to give special category status as he would not get any benefit out of it from Andhra Pradesh. On the other hand, he might lose the benefits expected from Karnataka, Odisha, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, the States that fear of migration of investments from there to Andhra Pradesh if special category status is given.
So, the only workable and acceptable solution for a patch up between the TDP and BJP is the special package which was promised by the Central government and was welcomed by the State government. As Chandrababu Naidu had already welcomed it earlier and even advocated in its favour, it is now the turn of the Central government to release some funds under the package without asking for creation of special purpose vehicle to receive the funds. The funds should flow to the State as they are given to the 11 special category states or the Bundelkhand or the north eastern States.
In all likelihood, if the Governor’s mediation works out, the Central government is likely to announce some funds for Amaravati and some more for Polavaram, to begin with for the patch up. The funds under the package would come in the process and the TDP would claim it as its victory for the State.
Well, if this happens, nothing would save TDP and BJP in Andhra Pradesh in the next elections. Mathematics will not give correct answer always in politics and two plus two will not be four always. It could be two or three or even six and it all depends on the mood of the people.