Those days of hatred seems to have disappeared. The ruling Telugu Desam Party and its supremo Chandrababu Naidu, found a good friend in chief secretary L V Subrahmanyam. The politicians and the bureaucrat had the time to exchange pleasantries and the ruling party found a good friend in the officer, whom they have been attacking verbally since his take over as chief secretary.
When the cabinet meeting was convened on Tuesday, the chief secretary was seen meeting the Ministers. He extended and shook his hand to the ministers, including those who criticised him till the other day. The chief minister, who made even political statements against the chief secretary was seen having friendly chat as the Ministers watched.
This all happened when the cabinet meeting was convened at the Secretariat following clearance from the election commission. The TDP leaders seem to have realised that their word – a challenge to the EC on holding the cabinet meeting when the model code of conduct was in force – could not have been a reality had it not for the initiative of the chief secretary. The chief secretary had written to the EC, giving clarity on the issues listed in the agenda for the meeting. He had even collected basic information from the officers, to justify the meeting, which was accepted by the EC, with some limitations.
Chandrababu Naidu did not want Subrahmanyam to be the chief secretary as the officer was named in one of the corruption cases of Jaganmohan Reddy and was loyal to late Y S Rajasekhar Reddy. Though his name was dropped from the cases, Naidu kept this officer aside during the last five years. However, when the government made chief secretary Anil Chandra Punetha to defy the EC orders on the police officers transfers and issued GOs, the EC had then removed him and appointed Subrahmanyam as the new chief secretary. This appointment did not go well with the chief minister and the TDP leaders.
But the Cabinet meeting had given enough opportunity for the leaders and the officer to break the ice and make love.