The recent Andhra Jyothi survey had caused cracks in the ruling TDP. According to sources, the survey had predicted the defeat of Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao, which had irked the Minister. The result is that the Minister skipped the Cabinet meeting held on June 19.
An hour before his visit to Visakhapatnam on Thursday, Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu had reportedly telephoned to Ganta Srinivasa Rao and tried to pacify him by asking him not to take the survey report seriously. He has further requested the Minister to be present in his Vikashapatnam tour and had sent deputy chief minister Nimmakayala Chinarajappa to bring sulking Ganta to his official programmes.
The survey claimed to have been done by former Congress MP Lagadapati Rajagopal had predicted the victory of the TDP if elections were held as on date. While people are aware that the survey was part of the opinion making strategy of Chandrababu Naidu, the survey findings like defeat of some TDP leaders was taken seriously by the leaders concerned, including Ganta Srinivasa Rao.
Though the survey is part of the TDP’s strategy, the issues like predicting the defeat of Ganta Srinivasa Rao and others was the strategy of the publishers. The survey had given negative strokes to all those who have not surrendered to leading daily, it is believed.
Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday during his telephonic conversation reportedly requested Ganta to take such surveys in lighter vain and with sportive spirit. He had also reportedly clarified to Ganta that he was not behind the survey and he was not aware of it before it was made public. “I see a lot of reports against me. I take them with sportive spirit and ignore them,” Chandrababu Naidu had reportedly told the Minister.
Satisfied with the Chief Minister’s intervention, Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao had accompanied Chinarajappa to join Chandrababu Naidu’s programmes in Visakhapatnam.