The ruling Telugu Desam Party in Andhra Pradesh is intensifying its attack on Governor E S L Narasimhan these days. The TDP, which is now fighting a battle with the BJP leadership and the Central government finds itself isolated in the State and sees the Governor too doing politics against it.
Ministers Nakka Ananda Babu, K S Jawahar, Kalava Srinivasulu and P Narayana and MP J C Diwakar Reddy have targeted the Governor for working against the TDP at the behest of the BJP leadership in Delhi. The TDP says that the Governor had played a key role in distancing the Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan from the TDP. The BJP is helping the Opposition parties to target the TDP with the help of the Governor, they say.
Narasimhan is the longest serving Governor for the State. He had been there much before the State was divided. He came to the State when the Telangana movement was at its peak and Governor N D Tiwari had to leave due to media exposure on his bedroom activities with young girls. Narasimhan, who assumed office in December 2009, continues in the office even after bifurcation holding both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana States. Though appointed by the Congress, he enjoys greater support in the BJP leadership too which had helped him to continue in the Raj Bhavan.
Now, the TDP finds this former police officer as an agent of the BJP and sees in him a previous Governor, Thakur Ram Lal, who disturbed late N T Rama Rao’s government in 1983, by giving a chance to Nadendla Bhaskara Rao to unseat Rama Rao. The TDP, along with the Left and the BJP had to wage a battle against the coup and restore Rama Rao as Chief Minister in no time.
The TDP sees a similar coup against its government planned and executed from the Raj Bhavan with Narasimhan moderating it. The TDP leaders have now brought back the party’s demand against the office of the Governor. The TDP was never happy with the office of the Governor, particularly after Ram Lal’s episode and accused the Raj Bhavan of indulging in politics at the instigation of the party in power at the Centre. N T Rama Rao had always lobbied against the office of the Governor, but could not do away with it in the federal structure. However, the TDP became silent on these core issues after Chandrababu Naidu took over the reins in 1995 .
Chandrababu Naidu, though had the opportunity to play crucial role in the national politics like N T Rama Rao, never spoke about the domination of the Central government over the State and the institution of Governors. Now, with no political party in the State to back it and feeling isolated and locked in a battle with the BJP, the TDP wants the Raj Bhavans to go.