Where has the fighting spirit gone, Mr. Naidu?

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu was projected in the vernacular media for the past three days that he had emerged as a fighter to take on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He held series of meetings with the bureaucrats to prepare a 20-page note on the AP bifurcation issues and is projected as if he is going to hit at Narendra Modi hard. It was also stated that Chandrababu Naidu would stage a walk out from the NITI Aayog meeting in protest against the denial of special category status to the State and other benefits.

On his arrival in Delhi, he held a meeting with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Benerji, Karnataka Chief Minister Kumaraswamy and Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan as if he was getting ready for a major showdown with the Prime Minister in the NITI Aayog meeting. The Telugu media, both print and electronic, flashed news about Naidu’s preparation for a greater and toughest war with Narendra Modi. It was said that Naidu is fully equipped with the strong armour on his side to hit at the Prime Minister.

But shockingly, when he came across the Prime Minister at the NITI Aayog meeting, Chandrababu Naidu melted down with all smiles on his face as if he was meeting a greatest admirer of his life time.

That is what Chandrababu Naidu is.  Be it NTR at the time of his coup in 1995 or YSR while in Opposition. He is not comfortable in facing the political rivals and it was seen even this time when he had to come face to face with Opposition leader Y S Jaganmohan Reddy. It happened in Delhi on Sunday when he came face to face with Narendra Modi.

Giving up the claims of his rivalry or a battle against Narendra Modi as he claims here and his media boasts, Chandrababu Naidu had reduced his height by one foot to reach out to Narendra Modi. His face was full of smile on seeing Narendra Modi. It looks as if Chandrababu Naidu forgot his fighting spirit for the State when he spotted the Prime Minister..

The social media comments are wild and senior journalists like Rajdeep Sardesai and Sekhar Gupta have tweeted terming Naidu’s visible friendly approach to Narendra Modi as opportunistic politics.

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