Caught in the midst of fight against the Bharatiya Janata Party at the Centre and with the election fever intensifying in the State, Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu had turned more political in his address to the senior IAS and IPS officers from the State at the Collectors’ Conference.
Chandrababu Naidu had come back from the two-day hectic election tour in the neighbouring Telangana State late on the previous night and was at the inaugural session of the conference. He said he was tied-up busy in the national politics to protect the country’s democracy which is very crucial. He said that the officials would be able to work better only if they have a visionary political head like him.
The country had pinned several hopes on the leadership of Narendra Modi in 2014 elections, he said and regretted that Modi had failed to live up to the expectations of the people in the last four years. He further accused the prime minister of misrule and destroying the democratic institutions and stressed the need to save the nation from such a failure leader. He said that it was the responsibility of the officers and government employees to be active in political governance to save the nation.
He said that the country has bureaucrats governed by the political leaders. The performance of the bureaucrats would mostly depend on the vision of the political leaders and hence he felt that the bureaucrats should work with the political vision.
Chandrababu Naidu wanted the officials to develop political awareness in them and share that awareness among the people in choosing better political head. Only then, according to him, the democratic institutions in the country will survive.
Chandrababu Naidu gave them a long lecture on his vision, his plans and his hard work for the State in the last four-and-a-half years that have brought development to the State and recognition and awards to the officers. “We are all working as a team. Politician in power is the team leader in democracy. So have a better and visionary leader,” the chief minister told the officials.
Well, it is time for the bureaucrats to think politically and act politically in the next round of elections.