Former chief minister and opposition leader N Chandrababu Naidu shocked and surprised everyone in the Assembly, including the officials and the members of the media. His statement was taken seriously as it was for the first time he spoke in a soft tone about late Y S Rajasekhar Reddy in the Assembly. But, then the members recovered from the surprise and burst into laughter taking it in the lighter vein.
The Assembly had the reference to Y S Rajasekhar Reddy during debate on the unauthorised constructions on river bank and canal banks in the State with reference to the house in which Chandrababu Naidu is living and which is located in the river bank. While welcoming Jaganmohan Reddy government’s initiative to remove all encroachments and unauthorised structures on the rivers, Chandrababu Naidu sought to suggest that there are unauthorised statues located on the roads. His intention was to nail the statues of late Rajasekhar Reddy. But, it took a new twist with the YSR Congress MLAs grilling him on the statues of Mahatma Gandhi, Ambedkar, Jag Jivanram and Netaji and wanted to know whether the TDP chief is for the removal of these statues. Some MLAs have even gone one step forward and said that Chandrababu Naidu was insulting them by suggesting removal of Ambedkar and Jag Jivaram’s statues. Some have directly referred to Naidu’s intentions of removing Rajasekhar Reddy’s statues.
At this point, Chandrababu Naidu said that he had no rivalry with YSR. He said he and Rajasekhar Reddy were good friends and have shared one room for many days during the early political career. The differences between them were political and not personal. “We were good friends and many of those who have seen us in the earlier days will know about our friendship,” Chandrababu Naidu said as everyone laughed at him taking him lightly, including chief minister Jaganmohan Reddy